Disturbers in Anti-China marches on trial in HCMC

The People’s Committee in Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City opened a mobile trial of  ten disturbers for taking advantage of anti-China peaceful marches to cause public disorder on July 4.
The ten offenders include Nguyen Van Mai, 26 year old from Nghe An Province, and Pham Thanh Tung, 29 year old from Ha Tinh Province.
According to indictment, Mai and Tung together with others took advantage of workers’ peaceful marches in protest against China’s move in the East sea to cause public disorder and demolish properties of foreign companies. The incident began in May 13 noon and ended the next day’s dawn.
The marches were against China’s illegal placing of Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil drilling rig in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf.
Mai and Tung shouted, incited workers and fought with police force. They threw brick, stone and petrol bombs at the police, injuring some of them.
They also ruined properties of some foreign companies in Linh Trung Export Processing Zone 2, causing total financial loss of VND163 million (US$7,661).
The city’s Investigation Police are verifying acts of demolishing properties and acting against officials on duty to properly handle the involved. 

By Ai Chan – Translated by Hai Mien

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