Police Out in Force in Vietnam, Arresting Anti-China Protesters

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VNRN) – Just one week after letting anti-China protests go forward in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and after protests in the provinces turned into riots hitting foreign manufacturers, the Vietnamese government yesterday reversed course and deployed massive forces to suppress a second weekend of protests arresting several bloggers.

Among those still detained are Gió Lang Thang, who had reported on the land grab situation in Hanoi, and Huynh Ngoc Hieu, the son of Huynh Ngoc Tuan and brother of Huynh Thuc Vy, two recipients of Human Rights Watch‘s Hellman-Hammett grant for persecuted writers.

Streets near the Chinese Embassy and Hanoi and the Chinese Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh were closed and dozens of police manning the barricades. Residents of HCMC’s District 1 near the Consulate General were warned not to come out during the planned protest times.

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