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Vietnamese police restore order at Singapore-run industrial parks

Factories attacked and looted by anti-China protesters

Published on May 15, 2014 6:56 AM
Workers wave Vietnamese national flags during a protest at the industrial zone in Binh Duong province on May 14. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Vietnamese police rushed to restore order at two Singapore-run industrial parks targeted on Tuesday by anti-China protesters who attacked and looted factories.

"Local police have re-established security control," the Vietnam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) said in a statement yesterday, adding that 99 factories were damaged. The two parks are located in south-eastern Binh Duong province, an hour's drive north of Ho Chi Minh City.

Overnight on Tuesday, some 2,000 policemen were outnumbered by up to 20,000 workers targeting Chinese factories but who also mistakenly attacked Taiwanese-owned ones in the industrial parks, joint ventures between Becamex IDC Corp and a Singapore consortium led by Sembcorp Development. Reports said two Taiwanese were injured in the unrest, sparked by China's recent deployment of an oil rig in waters that Hanoi says belong to Vietnam.

"Police have been deployed to protect Taiwanese factories," Binh Duong's propaganda department chief Vo Minh Giao told The Straits Times yesterday.

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