Hanoi (dpa) – Fifteen people were jailed for their roles in riots during anti-China protests in southern Vietnam in May, authorities said Tuesday.
The men were sentenced to 9 to 14 months in jail for “causing public disorder and deliberately damaging property,” the People’s Court of Nhon Trach district in Dong Nai province said.
The men took part in an anti-China protest on May 13, and then vandalised businesses operating in Nhon Trach Industrial Park near Ho Chi Minh City, causing damage to 10 foreign-owned companies.
The defendants confessed their crimes and showed remorse, the court said.
The protests across Vietnam were triggered by the deployment of a Chinese oil-drilling platform in seas also claimed by Vietnam.
Beijing eventually moved the rig in July.
Around 200 people were arrested for taking part in riots in industrial zones across the country. Nearly 120 were found guilty and 50 have been given jail terms.