Vietnam police say outlawed party instigated riots

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A car set ablaze by rioters in Binh Duong Province near Ho Chi Minh City on May 13. Photo: Do Truong A car set ablaze by rioters in Binh Duong Province near Ho Chi Minh City on May 13. Photo: Do Truong


Ho Chi Minh City police said members of Viet Tan, an outlawed political organization, instigated hundreds of workers to vandalize property at suburban industrial parks during riots triggered by anti-China protests in mid-May, VnExpress reported.
The HCMC Police Department released findings which described the security situation in the city during the first half of this year as "complicated," due to hostile forces that sought to foment mass acts of resistance by distorting the policies of the administration.
Following their investigation, the police established that Viet Tan, a terrorist organization determined to overthrow the ruling government, took advantage of peaceful nationalist demonstrations to incite “bad elements” and hundreds of workers and residents to vandalize companies based in export processing and industrial parks on the city's outskirts.
Police said they arrested 134 people (23 of whom now face criminal charges) between May 13 and 15.
In related news, police in the northern port city of Hai Phong said a number of “bad elements” had spread a false rumor through the city that the government planned to allow public servants and employees across the country to take three days off, from June 6 to 8, to take part in anti-China demonstrations.
The police said the “bad elements” spread the rumor after the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment announced the organization of a series of activities, as part of the Week of the Vietnam Sea and Islands 2014, in Hai Phong on June 6-7.
The local government called on city dwellers not to allow themselves to be pushed to take part in illegal protests and other illegal activities.

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