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Anti-China protest hits Vietnam factories

Published on May 13, 2014 9:49 PM
 
Thousands of workers staged a protest at an industrial park in southern Vietnam Tuesday over China's deployment of a drilling rig in contested waters, damaging factories and offices. -- PHOTO: ST READER BEN BEO

HANOI (AFP) - Thousands of workers staged a protest at an industrial park in southern Vietnam Tuesday over China's deployment of a drilling rig in contested waters, damaging factories and offices, official media said.

Photos posted on the official news site of the Ministry of Information showed what appeared to be extensive damage to a Taiwanese factory that was apparently mistaken for a Chinese-owned plant.

Local policeman Ho Quang Thanh said the protest in Binh Duong province was triggered by the row over the oil rig, which Beijing moved into disputed waters this month to the dismay of Vietnam.

Hanoi has branded the move as "illegal" and dispatched vessels to the area.

 
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