12 Jun '11, 5am

Fresh anti-China demos in Vietnam via @cmswire

HANOI - DOZENS of Vietnamese protested outside the Chinese embassy in Hanoi for the second weekend in a row on Sunday, as tensions rise between the two communist neighbours over a maritime dispute. About 50 people with Vietnamese flags sang patriotic songs and held signs proclaiming Vietnamese sovereignty over two South China Sea archipelagos which are at the centre of a long-running dispute with Beijing. In southern Ho Chi Minh City about 250 people held a similar rally but police sealed off the Chinese consulate area with barbed wire barricades to prevent protesters from approaching, a witness said. Although authoritarian Vietnam tolerates small land-rights rallies, advocates of other political causes risk arrest, making demonstrations unusual. The Hanoi protesters, who dispersed after just 30 minutes, were vastly outnumbered by riot police and other uniformed and plain-...

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