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Vietnamese stage small anti-China protest in Hong Kong over South China Sea dispute

Published on May 25, 2014 5:57 PM
 
About 200 protesters, many of them Vietnamese living in Hong Kong, hold Vietnam's national flags during a protest against China's territorial claims in Hong Kong on May 25, 2014, the first instance of such Vietnam-linked demonstrations so close to China. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - About 200 protesters, many of them Vietnamese, staged an anti-China protest in Hong Kong on Sunday over a sovereignty dispute in the South China Sea, in the first instance of such Vietnam-linked demonstrations so close to China.

The protesters, many of them Vietnamese now resident in Hong Kong, and other supporters, marched peacefully from Hong Kong's government headquarters to a branch office of China's Foreign Ministry brandishing red-starred Vietnamese flags, singing patriotic songs and chanting Vietnamese slogans.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, reverted to China's rule in 1997 but retained considerable autonomy and broad freedoms.

The protesters, watched by around two dozen policemen, were led by a young Vietnamese man holding a portrait of their country's late, wispy-bearded revolutionary leader and former president Ho Chi Minh.

 
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