In response to the call of Venerable Thích Quảng Độ to the Vietnamese people to rise against China’s aggression in East Sea (South China Sea),different associations of Vietnamese-Americans in Southern California held demonstration at China consulate in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 1st, 2012. About 500 people gathered at the rally to denounce China’s recent aggressive activities infringing on the Vietnamese sovereignty in East Sea.
On Friday morning, July 6th, 2012, several associations representing the Vietnamese American community in Northern California followed suit by demonstrating in front of Chinese consulate and Vietnamese consulate in San Francisco. They wanted to lend moral support to their compatriots inside Vietnam in condemning Vietnamese government’s oppression against peace loving and human rights activists and accusing the Vietnamese government’s of selling out the national territorial integrity with cowardice stand towards the Chinese assertions. They denounced China of imperialism with its recent illegal assertions infringing on the Vietnamese sovereignty such as the creation of Sansha city to administer the whole East Sea, calling for oil block auction within the Vietnam’s EEZ, on going illegal occupation of Hoang Sa (Paracel), and atrocities against Vietnamese fishermen.