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Anti-China protesters arrested in Hanoi

  • Many among the approximately 150 people who were demonstrating against China today on the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam have been arrested and put behind bars. Witnesses have stated that the number of people detained in this incident is between 30 to 50. The incident happened when protesters started their march to the central part of Hoan Kiem Lake. Protesters were carrying placards and were wearing t-shirts that asked for an end to the aggressive policies being followed by the Chinese in the South China Sea region. One of the protesters, Nguyen Anh Dung, stated that they were not afraid of the consequences of their doing since they were protecting the interests of their motherland.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam had claimed, in the previous week, that Chinese boats were getting into collisions with fishing vessels from Vietnam close to the Paracel Islands, which are supposed to be a disputed region. China, on its part, has completely negated the accusations labeling them to be without an iota of truth. The South China Sea spans a total distance of at least 3.5 million square kilometers and majority of it is claimed by China. However, other Asian countries like Vietnam, Brunei, the Philippines, Taiwan and Malaysia also have claims over it.