Hồ Chí Minh City police stopped a man from setting himself on fire, on Thursday, in protest of China’s violation of Vietnamese waters.
At around 8:30 a.m. the man called Thanh Niên’s hotline to announce that he would burn himself to death to protest China’s illegal placement of a mobile oil rig in Vietnamese waters.
He said he would commit the act near a fish pond in 23.9 Park on Phạm Ngũ Lão Street, District 1.
As soon as he hung up, Thanh Niên informed police in Phạm Ngũ Lão Ward of the news.
The police soon arrived at the scene.
At around 8:45 a.m. a man dressed in white, carrying two cans of gasoline and some books, showed up.
He was about to pour gasoline over his body when the police rushed in to stop him.
The man was later identified as Trần Minh M., 32–a resident of Nguyễn Trãi Street in District 1.
M. told police he was furious with China’s illegal rig deployment and wanted to burn himself to death to protest the action.
On May 23, a Buddhist woman burned herself to death in front of Reunification Palace in Hồ Chí Minh City at around 6 a.m., startling many passers-by.
Lê Trương Hải Hiếu, vice chairman of District 1 government, says they believe the suicide was inspired by her anger caused by China’s placement of a mobile oil rig in Vietnamese waters.
China positioned the US$1-billion oil rig in Việt Nam’s exclusive economic zone on May 2 and has sent a fleet of boats, including military vessels, to protect it.
The action has since triggered anti-China protests inside and outside Việt Nam, some of which turned violent in mid-May.
ĐÀM HUY – ĐỨC TIẾN
Source: Thanh Niên News