Vietnam: Government Weakness Partly to Blame for Protests


VOA News

Vietnam says government weaknesses and shortcomings are partly
to blame for last month's massive protests in the country's Central
Highlands.

Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Vietnam's parliament
Tuesday that such weaknesses have allowed opposition forces to revive what
he called their hostile activities.

Vietnam has placed most of the blame on last month's protests on
foreign forces.

Thousands of ethnic minority Christian Montagnards protested
during the Christian holiday of Easter. Human rights groups say the
protesters were demanding religious and land rights.

But the groups say Vietnamese authorities violently cracked down
on the protests, and charge that at least eight people were killed and
dozens arrested. Vietnam has said only two people were killed in the
protests.

Vietnam tightened security in the Central Highlands region after
forces crushed an uprising by Montagnard villagers several years ago.