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Court sentences men over anti-China riot

Update: July, 05/2014 - 11:43
HCM CITY (VNS)— A court in HCM City's Thu Duc District yesterday sentenced 10 men to four to nine months in jail for damaging property during an anti-China riot that broke out in HCM City and Binh Duong in May.

Nguyen Van Mai of Nghe An Province, Pham Thanh Tung of Ha Tinh Province and Nguyen Duy Phuong of Dong Nai Province were sentenced to nine months in prison for "causing public disorder" and property destruction.

Six other people were sentenced to six months on the same charges. They are: Le Hoang Chau of Bac Lieu Province, Nguyen Tan Hung of Soc Trang Province, Le Trong Hieu of Dong Thap Province, Pham Thanh Tan of Binh Phuoc Province, Huynh Ngoc Hieng of Ben Tre Province and Le Van Huy of Thai Binh Province.

Soc Trang native Huynh Au Duong, 17, received a four-month suspended sentence.

The 10 men were arrested on May 14 along with 46 other people who took part in a riot involving 1,500 people, according to the court.

The men had walked from Binh Duong's Di An District to HCM City's Linh Trung Export Processing Zone 1 and 2, and then to Binh Chieu Industrial Zone in HCM City's Thu Duc District.

They were protesting China's deployment of the Haiyang Shiyou 981 oil rig in Viet Nam's exclusive economic zone.

According to the indictment, police saw Mai and other rioters use bricks, petrol bombs and motorbikes to attack police officers.

The riots in the Binh Chieu Industrial Zone caused property damage of VND163 million (US$7,760). Sixteen police at the scene were injured. — VNS

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