Vietnamese protest in Seoul against China's East Sea moves

By Bui Hong Nhung, Anh Ngoc   March 29, 2016 | 05:33 pm GMT+7

The tight-knit Vietnamese community living in South Korea gathered in the capital Seoul on March 27 to protest against China's militarization in the East Sea.

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The protest took place at 1:30 p.m, in front of the Seoul post office, near China's Embassy in South Korea. As many as 200 people took part in the event.

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The protest was co-organized by the Association of Vietnamese people, Vietnamese Women and Vietnamese students in South Korea. 

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Tran Hai Linh, head of the Vietnamese community in South Korea, said: “We are here today to demonstrate our great solidarity, firmly opposing the recent activities of China which violate Vietnam’s sovereignty over the sea and islands.”

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The community also sent a Common Declaration (in Vietnamese, English, Korean and Chinese) to China's Embassy in South Korea, requesting the Chinese administration immediately stop illegal activities in the East Sea.

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The protest lasted for two hours.

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A wide range of people, from intellectuals, students, laborers to Korean-Vietnamese families joined in the protest.

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The community displayed large banners proclaiming “Paracel islands and Spratly islands belong to Vietnam” and “China, stop militarization in the East Vietnam Sea”. 

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This is the second time the Vietnamese community in South Korea has staged a protest against China.

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In May 2014, the community led protests against China’s illegal deployment of a giant oil rig to Vietnamese waters in the East Vietnam Sea.

Photos by Duc Luong and the Vietnamese community in South Korea