The municipal authorities in Hanoi have ordered an end to all gatherings, demonstrations, and spontaneous marches in the capital in a bid to stop recent anti-China demonstrations.
The interface of Hanoi Portal Photo: Tuoi Tre
A report published on Hanoi Portal (www.hanoi.gov.vn) on Thursday said the demonstrations had undermined social order, caused political instability, hurt diplomacy and marred the image of Vietnam’s Communist Party and State. They also had a negative impact on the implementation of foreign policies and relations of the government.
The announcement said that on Sundays from June 2011 till now, spontaneous gatherings, demonstrations and parades have taken place to protest against China’s violations of Vietnam’s sea and island sovereignty.
During the first days, these events generated a patriotic and spirited response from the public, the report said.
However, in recent times, many elements hostile to the Vietnamese government at home and abroad have appealed, stimulated and guided people to demonstrate and parade, theartening the security and order in the capital.
The capital government also warned it would take "necessary measures" against anyone who failed to comply with the order.
However, Hanoi authorities also encouraged Vietnamese citizens to participate in patriotic movements and to contribute to the protection of national sovereignty within the institutional and legal framework of Vietnamese law.