Thousands of Vietnamese abroad protest China's sea violations

By Staff Writers, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnamese people in the US hold banners in a protest over China's oil rig deployment in Vietnam's territorial waters on May 18. PHOTO: TRIEU THANH QUANG

Thousands of Vietnamese people living and studying in the United States and the Europe took to streets to protest China's deployment of a US$1-billion oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone on Sunday.
Hundreds of Vietnamese students gathered in front of the headquarters of the Chinese diplomatic corps in New York and Washington DC on Sunday to hold peaceful demonstrations during which they waved banners and shouted slogans such as “China, get out”, “China, stop invading Vietnam.”
To Dieu Lien, a postgraduate student from Boston, Massachusetts, said: “This peaceful protest doesn't just target the Chinese administration, but also aims to convey a message of peace from the Vietnamese people to our international friends.”
“Vietnamese people will take strong actions to protect the country’s sovereignty, but we always love peace and wish to settle all disputes via peaceful methods,” she added.
The same day, more than 4,000 Vietnamese people living and studying in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, gathered in front of the Chinese Embassy.
They waved Vietnamese and Polish flags and banners written in different languages demanding that China withdraw its oil rig from Vietnam's territorial waters.
The protesters marched through streets and distributed leaflets explaining the current situation in the East Sea, internationally known as South China Sea, and describing China’s violations of Vietnamese sovereignty to passers-by.
Similar protests took place in the UK, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Italy.
All of the protests were conducted peacefully and supervised by host country police.
Media all over the world reported on the demonstrations.

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