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Several held as Vietnam breaks up anti-China rally

Published on Jun 19, 2014 9:14 PM

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnamese authorities broke up a small anti-China protest in Hanoi and detained several people Thursday, activists told AFP, a day after high-level talks over an oil rig in disputed waters ended in deadlock.

Around a dozen activists briefly waved banners and shouted "Chinese oil rig get out of Vietnam!" and "silence is cowardice" - a dig at Hanoi's handling of the dispute - before police forced them to disperse.

Around seven activists were detained by police, according to reports posted on activist blogs. Police did not confirm the detentions.

"It is not good for people to gather here... we need to avoid causing difficulties for the state. The state can protect Vietnam's sovereignty," Do Anh Vinh, 22, a communist youth volunteer helping security forces said.

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