Vietnamese people march down streets in Hiroshima, Japan, to protest China's illegal placement of a drilling rig in Vietnamese waters on July 13, 2014. Photo credit:Vietnam News Agency
Hundreds of Vietnamese people in Japan and the Netherlands took to streets on Sunday (July 13) to protest China’s illegal placement of an oil rig in Vietnamese waters, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Around 200 Vietnamese joined by Japanese, Filipino and Thai friends in Hiroshima marched through the major streets of Hiroshima, carrying Vietnamese national flags, photos of President Ho Chi Minh and General Vo Nguyen Giap, and demanding that China withdraw its US$1-billion Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig from Vietnamese waters.
The protest attracted a great deal of attention from locals and the media.
That same day, in the Netherlands, hundreds of Vietnamese students and residents of the Hague took to the streets holding flags and placards written in Vietnamese, English and Dutch condemning China’s actions and demanding that it respect international law.
The protesters marched through the headquarters of the International Criminal Court, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Chinese Embassy.
The groups also signed and delivered a joint letter of protest to the Chinese Embassy at the Hague.