The Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine has urged the host country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to quickly work with relevant agencies to clarify the unwarranted raid and property confiscation of Vietnamese citizens in Odessa city on May 23. Head of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s Consular Department Lý Quốc Tuấn said that the embassy has consecutively met with representatives from the Ukrainian ministry and requested them to take all necessary urgent measures to protect the legitimate rights of the overseas Vietnamese in Odessa. The embassy also dispatched a delegation to work with the Vietnamese Association in Odessa to count the confiscated properties and help Vietnamese expatriates report the incident to local authority, he added. The Vietnamese people were told to keep calm and avoid riots. Russian and Ukrainian television reported that some 200 overseas Vietnamese protested in front of the Odessa regional prosecutor’s office on May 24 against the Kiev tax staff and Ukrainian general prosecutor for raiding their houses on May 23 without necessary documents, and seizing at least US$500,000 and other valuables.
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