DEMONSTRATION IN PROTEST OF CHINA‘S VIOLATION OF VIETNAMESE TERRITORY
Sunday, June 19, 2011 – Outside the Chinese Consulate, downtown Toronto
A protest was held by members of the Vietnamese-Canadian community this past Sunday to support the ongoing protests inside Vietnam over China’s encroachment onto the Vietnamese Paracel and Spratly Islands, Hoang Sa and Truong Sa. In the past several weeks, protests in Vietnam have been increasing in number and size, led predominantly by Vietnamese youths who organized the rallies via online forms of networking and communication such as Facebook. This movement comes at a critical time in Vietnam, when China’s pressure to overrun Vietnamese territory has become more persistent and violent by the day.
The purpose of the demonstration in Toronto was:
- To protest and condemn Communist China’s invasion and claims over Vietnam’s territorial land and waters, including the Paracel and Spratly Islands, Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.
- To support the patriotic spirit of the Vietnamese youth and citizens who are actively protesting the wrongful actions of the Chinese communist government and the cowardly behaviour of the Vietnamese communist government, who are putting Vietnam’s territory at risk.
- To join hands with the Vietnamese people across the world to condemn both the Chinese and Vietnamese communist governments.
The turnout was great, showing the will of the Vietnamese refugee community to stand up for our homeland and showing our brothers and sisters overseas that we stand united with them in the movement to protect and improve the future of Vietnam.
Video footage shot by anh Vinh. Photos courtesy of bác Tuấn and PBC’s Jace Nguyễn.