May, 12 2014 18:01:44

Overseas Vietnamese protest China's violations of sovereignty

(VNS) — Overseas Vietnamese in many countries around the world on May 11 took to the streets to protest China's illegal placement of an oil rig in Viet Nam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.


More than 500 Vietnamese students and people living in Japan gather in Tokyo on May 11 to protest the Chinese's Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig placement in the East Sea. — Photo Huu Thang

In Japan, they marched from Tokyo's Aoyama Park, bearing banners in Vietnamese, Japanese and English calling for China to remove the rig immediately.

Vietnamese people living in Japan march in Tokyo streets on May 11. — Photo Kyodo

Vice President and Secretary General of the Association of Vietnamese People in Japan Phan Huy Quoc said China's deployment of the drilling rig is the latest provocative move after many earlier acts, such as cutting exploration cables on Vietnamese vessels, burning Vietnamese fishing boats and detaining Vietnamese fishermen.

Banners are written in Vietnamese, Japanese and English. — Photo Kyodo

"Vietnamese people living in Japan are really angered by China's acts," he stressed.

Meanwhile in Berlin, about 5,000 people held a rally in Potsdamer Platz to oppose China 's violation of international law.

Thousands of Vietnamese people gather in Berlin to oppose China's violation of international law. — Photo Manh Hung

Speaking in front of the crowd, Le Hong Cuong, head of the rally's organisers, reiterated that China had positioned its rig in Lot 143, well within Vietnam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, before attacking and damaging ships from Vietnam's Coast Guard and Fisheries Surveillance Authority.

Hong stressed that Vietnamese people love peace, hate war and wish to maintain the friendship between the people of both sides. However, once their national sovereignty is threatened, Vietnamese people, wherever they are, will stand up to safeguard their nation.

Vietnamese people living in Germany carry banners in Vietnamese and German. — Photo Thanh Hai

Siegfried Sommer, Chairman of the German-Vietnam Association, who joined the rally, said China 's act in the East Sea is unacceptable as it runs counter to international law and causes insecurity in the region and the world.

Vietnamese people gather at the Chinese Consulate General in Frankfurt. — Photo Manh Hung

Earlier on May 10 in Frankfurt, hundreds of people also held a protest at the Chinese Consulate General. All the demonstrations took place in peace.

In France, Vietnamese people released a statement denouncing China's violation of Vietnam's sovereignty, following a meeting of representatives from many Vietnamese associations in Paris. They too demanded that China withdraw its oil rig and escort ships out of Vietnam's waters.

Vietnamese people demonstrate in Paris. — Photo hoangsa.org

The statement underscored that China's unilateral act seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty, threatening regional security. It called for the international community to join together in opposing China's dangerous behavior in order to ensure a world of peace and sustainable development.

People in Singapore also showed their anger at China's act. They said they hope to get people around the world to understand the East Sea situation and recognise how Vietnamese people love peace and national independence and wish to avoid disputes.

Vietnamese people living in Czech demonstrate in front of the Chinese Embassy. — Photo Quang Vinh

On May 10, the Vietnamese Embassy in Mozambique held a meeting to update the Vietnamese community there on the current development in the East Sea.

Ambassador Nguyen Van Trung briefed them on China's brutal violation of Vietnamese sovereignty that defines international law.

Nearly 2,000 Viet Kieu gather in Praha to protest China's placement of oil rig in the East Sea. — Photo Quang Vinh

He made it clear that Vietnam's stance is prioritising dialogue and negotiations with its neighbours to settle disputes through peaceful measures, and pledged to continue providing fresh information on the situation.

During the meeting, the Association of Vietnamese People in Mozambique revealed that in the coming time, it will work harder to help fishermen in Ly Son Island and support the Coast Guard of Vietnam in safeguarding national sovereignty.— VNA/VNS

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