Global protests organized via Facebook are becoming increasingly commonplace, with the latest protest coming from young Vietnamese Facebook users against China.
As Bloomberg reports, the protests were created to “protest China’s recent actions in the disputed territories in the South China Sea.”
While the number of protesters was not mentioned, many sources are stating that the protest amounted to hundreds of individuals. What made this protest notable was that such events are extremely rare in Vietnam. While the protests went of peacefully, it’s a testament to the increasing importance that Facebook is playing in global affairs.
According to Voice Of America, the protests were over a recent Chinese patrol vessel which entered the South China Sea territory, which is highly disputed. Apparently “China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan all claim South China Sea territories, which are thought to hold untapped oil and gas reserves.”
Ultimately this was a relatively small protest, but for a country with approximately 1.4 million Facebook users, it was a noteworthy event.