HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Authorities in the Vietnamese capital have urged people to stop protesting China’s deployment of an oil rig in a disputed section of the South China Sea.

Last weekend the government made the unusual decision of permitting large scale street protests and allowed the media to cover them.

Vietnamese protest outside the Chinese Embassy on Sunday, May 11, 2014 in Hanoi, Vietnam, against Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in the contested waters of the South China Sea. The deployment of the rig has a triggered a tense standoff in the ocean and raised fears of confrontation between the neighboring countries. Pic: AP.

Some turned violent this week, resulting in the death of at least one Chinese national and damage to scores of factories.

In a message to Communist Party affiliated organizations late Friday, Hanoi Mayor Nguyen says more protests could have a bad impact on political stability and social order.

Dissident groups and others have called for large protests on Sunday in front of the Chinese Embassy in Hanoi as well as in Ho Chi Minh City.


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