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Vietnamese authorities allow a second day of anti-China demonstrations—over a recent territory clash in the South China Sea. Protests like these seldom happen and are often immediately suppressed by police in communist Vietnam.
Vietnamese authorities have allowed a second anti-China protest over a territory dispute in the South China Sea.
On Sunday, nearly 200 hundred demonstrators assembled outside the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi.
The protesters chanted "Down with China!" and carried banners with Vietnamese slogans reading—"The Spratlys and Paracels belong to Vietnam," referring to archipelagos in the South China Sea.
[Pam Viet Cuong, Protester]:
"We, the 85 million of people of Vietnam, protest strongly against China's invasive actions in our territorial waters and the killing of our fishermen. The Vietnamese people are willing to sacrifice everything and do anything within our power, to protect our sacred territorial water and land."
The protesters marched through the streets of Hanoi... with police stopping traffic to allow them to move about.
[Pham Xuan Nguyen, Protester]:
"It is so very obvious that China has taken bold actions, and it seems they are doing so to challenge us."
Public protests like this is rare in communist Vietnam, but authorities are clearly supporting it.
The latest protest occurs just one day before the Vietnamese navy holds live-fire exercises in the South China Sea.
China and Vietnam have clashed in recent weeks over ongoing maritime disputes in the South China Sea. Vietnamese authorities complained about two incidents of Chinese ships stopping Vietnamese vessels from carrying out oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea.
The South China Sea is along the major international shipping route... and is believed to hold huge oil and gas reserves.