A court in the southern province of Dong Nai handed jail terms to 15 people on Monday
for taking part in a riot triggered by anti-China protests in local industrial parks last May.
The 15 men aged between 17 and 39 were convicted of “disturbing public security” and received jail terms ranging from 9 to 14 months.
According to the indictment, on the evening of May 13, workers at several industrial parks in Dong Nai’s Nhon Trach District held demonstrations to protest China’s illegal placement of an oil rig in Vietnamese waters earlier of the month.
The 15 men merged into the crowds of protesters and began screaming and vandalizing factories and offices in the parks.
Early in morning on May 14, police arrested a number of extremists in the crowds.
The 15 men recently convicted flocked to the police station and demanded the release of the arrestees before hurling stones at the police.
Eventually, the men ran off to commit further acts of vandalism.
Nhon Trach Police had to use tear gas and mobilize more forces to the site to apprehend the group.