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Seven peo­ple were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a mo­tor­cy­cle bomb­ing that blew out the glass fa­cade of a po­lice sta­tion in Ho Chi Minh City in June, in­jur­ing three, days af­ter a vi­o­lent protest nearby. Three of the seven were charged with ter­ror­ism in an at­tack au­thor­i­ties said was sup­ported by "out­side forces". Au­thor­i­ties seized 10 kilo­grams of ex­plo­sives and dozens of det­o­na­tors al­legedly in­tended for fu­ture at­tacks. Sev­eral cities across Vietnam saw rare street protests on 10 June against the gov­ern­ment's plan to grant 99-year leases of land in spe­cial eco­nomic zones in deals that many sus­pected would be dom­i­nated by China, as well as a pro­posed cy­ber­se­cu­rity law. Pro­test­ers in a cen­tral prov­ince threw bricks and gas bombs at po­lice and van­dalised gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cles and of­fices. Over 100 pro­test­ers were thought to have been ar­rested dur­ing demon­stra­tions by as many as 30,000 cit­i­zens.

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