17 Jul '11, 6am

#Asia #Pacific #News Police break up new anti-China rally in Vietnam

#Asia #Pacific #News Police break up new anti-China rally in Vietnam

HANOI: Vietnamese police rounded up at least 10 people as they forcibly broke up an anti-China rally on Sunday after a series of protests over tensions in the South China Sea. Around 50 demonstrators, greatly outnumbered by the security forces, were stopped and forced to disperse after they gathered close to the Chinese embassy in the capital Hanoi. "Down with China! Down with arresting patriotic people!" shouted the protesters as they waved banners denouncing Chinese "violations" of Vietnamese sovereignty. It was the seventh in an unprecedented series of protests -- uncommon in authoritarian Vietnam -- that have taken place in Hanoi on recent weekends during an escalating maritime dispute in the South China Sea. The two communist neighbours have long been at odds over the potentially oil-rich Paracel and Spratly island groups, which straddle vital commercial shipping lane...

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