An Analysis: Despite Appearances, Vietnam Still Restrict Protests

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(VNRN) – On May 11, something unusual happened. More than a week after China placed a huge billion-dollar oil rig in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, Vietnamese took to the streets over several days in what was described by international media as protests “allowed” by the government.

The presence of thousands of protesters in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, as well as at smaller gatherings on the day before and the day after, and in Nghe An, Hue, Danang, Long An, however, belies a darker truth. The government had taken measures to prevent many independent civil society activists from joining the protests, virtually placing them under house arrest, keeping them in their house until the protests were all over. Read more here.