Overseas Vietnamese protest China's violations of sovereignty

Overseas Vietnamese protest China's violations of sovereignty
Vietnamese people gather at the Chinese Consulate General in Frankfurt

Overseas Vietnamese in many countries around the world on May 11 took to the streets to protest China's illegal placement of an oil rig in Viet Nam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone.

In Japan, they marched from Tokyo's Aoyama Park, bearing banners in Vietnamese, Japanese and English calling for China to remove the rig immediately.

Vice President and Secretary General of the Association of Vietnamese People in Japan Phan Huy Quoc said China's deployment of the drilling rig is the latest provocative move after many earlier acts, such as cutting exploration cables on Vietnamese vessels, burning Vietnamese fishing boats and detaining Vietnamese fishermen.

"Vietnamese people living in Japan are really angered by China's acts," he stressed.

Meanwhile in Berlin, about 5,000 people held a rally in Potsdamer Platz to oppose China 's violation of international law.

Speaking in front of the crowd, Le Hong Cuong, head of the rally's organisers, reiterated that China had positioned its rig in Lot 143, well within Vietnam's continental shelf and exclusive economic zone, before attacking and damaging ships from Vietnam's Coast Guard and Fisheries Surveillance Authority.

Hong stressed that Vietnamese people love peace, hate war and wish to maintain the friendship between the people of both sides. However, once their national sovereignty is threatened, Vietnamese people, wherever they are, will stand up to safeguard their nation.

Siegfried Sommer, Chairman of the German-Vietnam Association, who joined the rally, said China 's act in the East Sea is unacceptable as it runs counter to international law and causes insecurity in the region and the world.

Earlier on May 10 in Frankfurt, hundreds of people also held a protest at the Chinese Consulate General. All the demonstrations took place in peace.

In France, Vietnamese people released a statement denouncing China's violation of Vietnam's sovereignty, following a meeting of representatives from many Vietnamese associations in Paris. They too demanded that China withdraw its oil rig and escort ships out of Vietnam's waters.

The statement underscored that China's unilateral act seriously violated Vietnam's sovereignty, threatening regional security. It called for the international community to join together in opposing China's dangerous behaviour in order to ensure a world of peace and sustainable development.

People in Singapore also showed their anger at China's act. They said they hope to get people around the world to understand the East Sea situation and recognise how Vietnamese people love peace and national independence and wish to avoid disputes.

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