Rioters arrested in Dong Nai Province. PHOTO: NGUYEN KHANH
Authorities in the southeastern province of Dong Nai announced the arrest of 27 additional suspects, on Tuesday, who allegedly vandalized and looted factories in some industrial parks across the province on May 13 and 14.
By May 16 Dong Nai police had arrested a total 410 people for taking part in the riots, of whom 37 face criminal charges.
The police say most of the suspects are not employed in the industrial zones where they incited otherwise peaceful workers protesting China’s deployment of a giant oil rig into Vietnamese territorial waters to burn down Chinese and foreign-backed warehouses.
A number of the rioters are thugs or members of criminal gangs, according to police.
In the adjacent Binh Duong Province, 753 people have been taken into custody for rioting. Police are investigating them on charges of “causing public disorder,” “robbery,” “damaging property” and “resisting public officers on duty.”
Binh Duong police say peace returned to the province in recent days thanks to a significant increase in security.
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