SaiGon – April 29, 2008
“tôi bước đi không thấy phố , không thấy nhà, chỉ thấy mưa sa trên màu cờ (Tàu) đỏ”
Hanoi breaks up protest before torch relay leg
Hanoi (dpa) – At least six people protesting the Beijing Olympics were detained Tuesday in Hanoi ahead of the Olympic torch relay through Ho Chi Minh City later in the day.
Two men hoisted banners with the words “Beijing 2008” and a design depicting the Olympic rings as handcuffs at Hanoi’s Dong Xuan market before being hustled away by dozens of uniformed and plainclothes police officers.
A desk officer at the local police station said a police rapid reaction unit had brought in six detainees Tuesday morning but would not release their names.
Larger Hanoi demonstrations called for on the blogs of local democracy activists seemed not to have materialised. Police were present in unusual numbers at the Chinese embassy and at Dong Xuan market before the demonstration had begun.
Exile Vietnamese pro-democracy groups said a much larger group of demonstrators had been detained by police on their way to a protest at Hoan Kiem lake, but these arrests could not be verified.
Vietnamese democracy bloggers called for more protests later Tuesday in Ho Chi Minh City.
The protests in Vietnam are oriented toward Vietnamese resentment of China’s claims to the Spratly and Paracel islands, two possibly oil-rich archipelagos in the South China Sea over which Vietnam also claims sovereignty.
Writer Nguyen Xuan Nghia and Mr. Vu Hung were arrested after shouting “Boycott the Beijing Olympics” “HoangSa Truong Sa belong to VietNam” (Nhà văn Nguyễn Xuân Nghĩa và thầy Vũ Hùng bị bắt ngay sau khi hô khẩu hiệu “tảy chay Thế Vận Hội Bắc Kinh, Hoàng Sa Trường Sa là của VN )
* The People’s Democracy Party’s Note: Nguyen Xuan Nghia and Vu Hung are two mentioned men were arrested by dozens of Ha Noi police.
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