|Vietnamese fishermen go fishing in Viet Nam's sea territory. The Vietnam Fisheries Trade Union strongly opposes any action that would threaten the lives and assets of Vietnamese fishermen. — Photo thuysanvietnam.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Viet Nam Fisheries Trade Union has objected to China's recent attacks on Vietnamese fishermen and their fishing vessels, the Lao Dong (Labour) newspaper reported.
In a statement issued yesterday, the trade union said at about 9am on June 28, boat number QNg-96093 TS from the central Quang Ngai Province, which had 13 people aboard and was operating in Vietnamese waters, was rammed by two Chinese ships with numbers 44044 and 33101.
The Chinese crew members then boarded the Vietnamese ship, used electrical blackjacks to attack the fishermen, threw away their fishing tools and seized the day's catch.
The organisation strongly opposed any action that would threaten the lives and assets of Vietnamese fishermen.
It called on China to immediately halt wrongful actions and to avoid affecting the livelihoods of fishermen and members of the trade union or damaging their assets.
Vietnamese fishermen were asked to remain calm and support each other on the sea, while avoiding any conflicts to mitigate the rising tensions in Vietnamese waters. — VNS