A Ho Chi Minh City court on Friday handed down jail terms of up to nine months for 10 people for "disturbing public order" after they took part in the riots and vandalism at some local industrial parks in May.
Nguyen Van Mai, 26, Pham Thanh Tung and Le Hoang Chau, both 29, was sentenced to nine months each.
Huynh Ngoc Hieng, 20, Nguyen Tan Hung, 21, Le Trong Hieu, 21, Pham Thanh Tan, 25, Le Van Huy, 26, and Nguyen Duy Phuong, 30, received six months each.
Huynh Au Duong, 17, got four months’ probation.
The 10 suspects, who worked at export processing zones and industrial zones in HCMC’s Thu Duc District, Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces, were convicted of “disturbing public order.”
According to the indictment, on May 13, more than 1,500 workers staged peaceful demonstrations at some industrial parks in Thu Duc to protest China’s illegal deployment of a giant oil rig in Vietnamese waters early that month.
One of 10 workers who stand trial July 4 for taking part in anti-China riots at Ho Chi Minh City's Linh Trung II Export Processing Zone in May. Photo: Le Nga
But the protests turned violent after some extremists incited workers to vandalize foreign-invested companies, especially Chinese and Taiwanese ones, attacked security guards and looted.
Between May 13 and 14, the 10 suspects joined the rioters to vandalize some Chinese companies in Linh Trung II Export Processing Zone, the indictment says.
They also threw stones, bricks and gasoline bombs into police officers who surrounded the companies to prevent rioters, injuring 16 officers.
Police arrested 56 rioters, including the 10 suspects, afterwards.
Police said the suspects caused losses of more than VND164 million (US$7,700), and they will have to compensate in a separate case.