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Vietnam's worker protests spread to 22 provinces

Published on May 15, 2014 12:22 PM

HANOI (AFP) - Anti-China riots in Vietnam has left at least two Chinese workers dead and 100 injured, as unrest triggered by an escalating territorial dispute spreads across the communist country.

Beijing’s deployment of a deep-water drilling rig in contested waters has sparked the worst anti-China backlash in Vietnam in decades, with protests in major cities and angry mobs torching foreign-owned factories.

Worker protests have spread to 22 of Vietnam’s 63 provinces, Vietnam’s minister of planning and investment said Thursday, calling for “tough measures” to bring the situation under control before alarmed foreign investors pull out of the country.

Vietnam anti-China protests map

A photo made available May 14, 2014 shows workers waving Vietnamese flags outside a factory in the Binh Duong province, Vietnam, on May 13, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: EPA
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