Vietnamese safe in Britain unrest: embassy official

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No Vietnamese person has been injured in the riots that broke out in Britain last Saturday (August 6), a representative of the Vietnamese embassy in London told Thanh Nien on the phone Tuesday.

However, several shops run by Vietnamese nationals on Mare Street, Hackney have been attacked, the Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Bui Duc Minh, secretary of the Party unit at the embassy as saying.

The embassy said it has warned Vietnamese people to stay away from crowded places, and refrain from going out at night. They have also been advised to quickly inform the embassy when they are in trouble.

In what is considered Britain's worst riots in decades, hundreds of youth have smashed shop windows, looted shops and set fire to buildings in areas across the UK including Manchester, Birmingham City, and the industrial Midlands, the AFP reports.

It said 16,000 police have been mobilized to London to stem the violence, it said.

The unrest is believed to have been sparked by a police shooting in which a 29-year-old man died on August 4.

The AFP reported that armed officers stopped the taxi in which Mark Duggan was traveling in the multi-ethnic district of Tottenham. Shots were fired and he died on the spot.

Britain's police watchdog later said it found no evidence that Duggan had fired a gun at officers, according to the report.

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