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People drive past barbed-wire barricades at entrance of an industrial park in Binh Duong province, Vietnam Saturday, May 17, 2014, after mobs attacked foreign owned factories following anti-China protests. Vietnam’s prime minister ordered an end Saturday to all “illegal protests” in the country after a week of violent demonstrations against China’s deployment of an oil rig in a disputed section of the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

People drive past barbed-wire barricades at entrance of an industrial park in Binh Duong province, Vietnam Saturday, May 17, 2014, after mobs attacked foreign owned factories following anti-China protests. Vietnam’s prime minister ordered an end Saturday to all “illegal protests” in the country after a week of violent demonstrations against China’s deployment of an oil rig in a disputed section of the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

In this Thursday, May 15, 2014 photo, an officer on board Vietnam Coast Guard 4033 vessel films China Coast Guard 3411 vessel sailing in the waters claimed by both countries in the South China Sea. China’s deployment of an oil rig off Vietnam’s coast has prompted a tense sea standoff and touched off deadly anti-China rioting. The conflict pits two neighbors with very similar governments but whose people bear ill feelings rooted in a rivalry that dates back centuries and has occasionally burst out into armed conflict. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities have forcibly broken up small protests against China in two cities.

Witnesses in southern Ho Chi Minh City say police dragged away several demonstrators from a park in the city center.

China deployed an oil rig to the disputed South China Sea on May 1, triggering fury in Vietnam.

Last Sunday, the authoritarian government allowed protests as way of registering its anger at China.

But riots on Tuesday and Wednesday that left two Chinese nationals dead and scores of factories trashed damaged investor confidence and spooked the government, which keeps a tight grip on society.

Associated Press

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