Sunday, June 2, 2013

Vietnam police swoop on anti-China protest, 20 detained

Police in Vietnam moved swiftly to break up an anti-China protest on Sunday, making at least 20 arrests in the latest sign of the communist regime's tough stance on dissent, and even after it chided Beijing for aggression in the South China Sea.

As crowds gathered in response to the recent ramming of a Vietnamese trawler by Chinese navy vessels, uniform and plain clothes police blocked off rallying points and quickly put protesters on to waiting buses, Reuters witnesses said.

Two Vietnamese journalists working for foreign media were also detained at the protest near Hanoi's Hoan Kien lake.