Filipino and Vietnamese protesters march in Manila on May 16. Photo: AFP
Several hundred Filipino and Vietnamese protesters united in a march in Manila, on Friday, to demand that China stop oil drilling in the East Sea (internationally known as South China Sea), AFP reported.
Filipino riot police blocked the entrance to a high-rise building that houses the Chinese consulate in the Phillipine capitol's financial district as around 200 protesters marched on the office. The street action, which remained peaceful, came after deadly riots in Vietnam which Hanoi said were triggered by China’s deployment of a deep-sea oil rig into Vietnamese waters.
The protesters, some wearing green cardboard cut-outs of turtle shells, carried placards that read “Vietnam-Philippines join hands to kick out China", "China Stop Bullying Vietnam and the Philippines” and “We Support Vietnam”.
The Philippines this week filed criminal charges against nine Chinese crew members of a fishing boat seized by Filipino police in disputed waters for collecting hundreds of protected giant sea turtles. The protesters also chanted “Paracels Vietnam", referring to the South China Sea island chain where the Chinese oil rig is deployed.
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