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A row of charred vehicles is seen at a fire and police station, Binh Thuan province, Vietnam, June 12, 2018 (AP photo).

Do Anti-Chinese Protests Pose a Threat to Vietnam’s Authoritarian Rulers?

Monday, Sept. 10, 2018

Will Nguyen doesn’t remember much of what happened immediately after he was beaten by police officers at a mass demonstration in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest metropolis.

A fellow protester tipped him off that he was about to be arrested, but before he could escape into the crowd, half a dozen plainclothes officers descended on him, beating him with fists and clubs. What happened next is fuzzy. Video subsequently posted online shows him being dragged to a police truck, where he had a bag placed over his head before being taken to jail, but Nguyen doesn’t remember that. “When I was put on the truck, apparently I stood up with a bloody head and continued waving the protestors on,” he says in an interview from Singapore, where he recently finished a master's degree at the National University of Singapore. “I don’t have any memory of that, either.” ...

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