Violence in anti-Chinese demonstrations in Vietnam

The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung asked citizens to participate in demonstrations. On the other hand Chinese airlines canceled flights to Vietnam

More than 3,000 Chinese nationals have been evacuated from Vietnam until this afternoon after the recent violence against businessmen and foreign citizens in the country, reported this morning the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. They returned to China with the assistance of the Chinese embassy in Vietnam, said the Foreign Ministry in a statement.

Two Chinese killed in the violence and more than 100 injured. An iron and steel complex in Ha Tinh province in Vietnam, with investment of Formosa Plastics Group of Taipei, was violently attacked by disputes over the South China Sea. The Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC19) contractor is building the plant.

The Chinese government is organizing a charter flight and a boat to pick MCC19 staff, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung has sent today up to four text messages to mobile phones asking people not participating in "illegal demonstrations" and ensuring security for the country. On Thursday, after acts of violence were reported in some parts of the country, Dung sent the first text message to local mobile phone users, asking each Vietnamese "highlight the patriotism and the protection of divine sovereignty activities practical and legal, not allowing bad people cause extremist actions, which damages the interests and image of Vietnam. "

Today, Dung sent three messages, saying, "May 17, Prime Minister of Vietnam ordered the Ministry of Public Security, the relevant departments and leaders of regions applying unanimous action, fighting to not engage in illegal demonstrations that cause disorder and insecurity in society. "

He also called on the authorities to inform the local population not participating in illegal demonstrations. "The prime minister asked local residents to show their patriotism, no further provocative actions, not participating in illegal demonstrations, and help ensure the safety and order of society," says another of the messages.

The violent anti-China protests and deadly attacks on Chinese companies have taken place in Vietnam after Vietnamese staff and boats repeatedly harassed the normal operations of digging a Chinese oil company in disputed waters of the Xisha Islands to China in the South China Sea.

Dung on Thursday ordered the relevant authorities to take firm action to prevent illegal activities, punish the perpetrators and to ensure the absolute safety of life and property as well as the normal operations of all companies, especially foreign-invested firms.

traslation: Belén Zapata