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Union says fishermen attacked by Chinese

Update: June, 20/2015 - 08:54
The Chinese attackers stole their catch, equipment and fuel. — Photo laodong

HA NOI (VNS)— The Vietnam Fisheries Trade Union has condemned China's attacks on Vietnamese fishing vessels and fishermen in Vietnamese waters.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the trade union stated that Chinese ships had attacked Vietnamese fishing vessels and fishermen on various occasions while they were operating in territorial waters.

On Thursday morning, fishing vessel QNg 95431TS was attacked by Chinese ships 3013 and 44044, whose crews beat the Vietnamese fishermen and stole their equipment and catch.

Vietnamese vessels QNg 90205TS and QNg 90657 TS were also attacked by Chinese ships 3103, 589, 6450 and 35101 earlier this month while fishing in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago. The Chinese attackers stole their catch, equipment and fuel.

On June 9, vessel QNg 95193TS suffered similar damage after being attacked by Chinese ship 4302 with a water cannon.

The association condemned the actions as inhumane acts that jeopardised the lives and assets of Vietnamese fishermen.

It called upon China to immediately stop these actions and compensate the Vietnamese fishermen.

Vietnamese fishermen were asked to remain calm and support each other while working offshore, while letting relevant authorities deal with the situation in order to stop rising tensions in Vietnamese waters.— VNS

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