Thousands of Vietnamese people living in Belgium held a meeting in front of the headquarters of the European Council in Brussels to denounce China’s unlawful act of placing its Haiyang Shiyou-981 oil rig in Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone.

This is the second time Vietnamese in Belgium have demonstrated to protest China’s act. The meeting contributed to publicising China’s illegal deeds to the international community and thus calling on them to support Vietnam in the issue.

Demonstrators held high slogans and banners in the Vietnamese language and translated into English, French and Dutch to request China to remove its rig out of Vietnam’s waters and accusing the country of violating international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

On behalf of the Vietnamese Community in the Belgium, Prof. Nguyen Dang Hung, a lecturer from Liege University, called on Vietnamese people and peace-loving people from all over the world to oppose China’s aggressive moves.

He said China is ignoring the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) from 2002 and recent bilateral agreements reached by the two countries’ leaders.

Previously on May 19, the Vietnamese Embassy in the United Arabian Emirates also organised a get-together for Vietnamese people living in the country, during which they objected China’s actions.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Tran Ngoc Thach stressed the Vietnamese Party and State’s consistent stance of taking every measure to safeguard national sovereignty.

Vietnamese people expressed their belief in the Party and State’s leadership, and vowed to further bolster solidarity to oppose China’s illegal move.

On the occasion, the embassy launched a campaign to raise funds for officers and soldiers who are working night and day to safeguard the country’s sea and island sovereignty.-VNA