About 50 Vietnamese and people from other nations in Switzerland on
April 23 protested in Zurich against Chinese violations of Vietnam’s
maritime sovereignty and international law in the East Sea.
Vietnamese in Switzerland protest China’s illegal acts in East Sea
The rally was held by the Switzerland-Vietnam Friendship Association
(SVFA) and the Vietnamese Community in the European country.
The protesters carried Vietnamese flags and banners in Vietnamese,
English and German calling for an end to China’s militarisation in
Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
They expressed their objections to China’s infringement of international
law in the East Sea as well as their hope for peace and the settlement
of the problem through dialogue.
Vu Thi Tin, a 57-year-old native of the northern port city Hai Phong,
said she and her friends in Switzerland participated in the protest to
pay homage to those who laid down their lives in the East Sea to protect
Joining the demonstration, the Philippine community condemned China for
its policy of expansionism in the sea and called on the country to
observe the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
A representative from the Vietnamese Community in Switzerland read out a
letter which had been sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to
oppose China’s actions in the East Sea.
SVFA Chairman Anjuska Weil also presented a letter written by the
Germany-Vietnam Friendship Association to the demonstrators, which
showed their concerns over violations of international law in the sea
and called for the peaceful settlement of the disputes.
Conod A Olivier, a 68-year-old Swiss man, said he joined the protest as
he admired Vietnamese people’s desire for peace and independence.