More than 300 Vietnamese living in Hong Kong joined a march on Sunday afternoon, bringing banners and showing a blood-written letter opposing China’s placement of an illegal oil rig in Vietnamese waters in the East Vietnam Sea.
The protest began at Victoria Park at 3:00 pm (local time) and ended at 5:30 pm at a Hong Kong administration building.
The event was aimed at protesting China’s illegal deployment of oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone and continental shelf since May 1.
Nearly all of the protesters wore red T-shirts with the flag of Vietnam and the words “Look toward the East Vietnam Sea” printed on them.
The demonstrators held many banners objecting to China’s violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty.
Some of the banners read: “Remove the Haiyang Shiyou oil rig from Vietnam’s waters, China!” and “We Vietnamese love peace, oppose war.”
Meanwhile, the other banners call for assistance from the international community for Vietnam to cope with China’s aggressive expansionism in the East Vietnam Sea.
However, the most prominent in the rally was a letter written with the blood of 50 people who protested China’s infringement of Vietnam’s seas and islands.
The blood-written letter requests that China withdraw its oil rig from the Vietnamese waters, and shows Vietnamese people’s love for peace.
This special letter will be sent to the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong, according to the protesters.
The demonstration took place peacefully, without any incidents.
On May 25, Vietnamese people living Hong Kong staged a similar rally to condemn China’s violation of Vietnam’s territorial waters.
After two times of relocation – on May 27 and June 1 – the Chinese oil rig is now located at 15°33’22’’ North latitude and 111°34’23’’ East longitude, still within the Vietnamese waters.