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Vietnam's civil society groups call for more anti-China protests

Published on May 17, 2014 3:17 PM
 
Vietnamese police officers standing guard at a Taiwanese sport shoe factory in Binh Duong as anti-China protesters set more than a dozen factories on fire in Vietnam, according to state media, in an escalating backlash against Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in contested waters on May 14, 2014. Vietnamese civil society groups have called for renewed demonstrations against China in several cities on Sunday after Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in contested South China Sea waters triggered the worst anti-China unrest in decades. -- FILE PHOTO : AFP

HANOI (AFP) - Vietnamese civil society groups have called for renewed demonstrations against China in several cities on Sunday after Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in contested South China Sea waters triggered the worst anti-China unrest in decades.

But Vietnamese authorities - who have occasionally allowed demonstrations to vent anger at the country's giant neighbour - warned they would "resolutely" prevent any further outbursts.

China's positioning of an oil rig in waters also claimed by Vietnam has ignited long-simmering enmity between two communist neighbours who have fought territorial skirmishes in past decades, with protests erupting in major cities in recent days and enraged mobs torching foreign-established factories.

An alliance of 20 vocal Vietnamese NGOs called for fresh protests in the capital Hanoi, the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City, and other areas against China's "aggressive actions" in the South China Sea.

 
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