Over 250 additional events were added to the ACLED Vietnam dataset, nearly tripling the number of political violence, protest, and non-violent events in Vietnam coded by ACLED. The new data supplements pre-released data by reporting underrepresented event types, in particular violence against civilians, and increasing ACLED coverage of previously under-reported areas, particularly in the north of the country. The new release also adds five years (2010-2015) of backcoding to the dataset, more than doubling the timespan of coverage.

Notably, the new release of backcoded Vietnam data highlights two peaks in Vietnam’s political violence and protest landscape: Hmong ethnic riots in May 2011, and anti-China protests in May 2014. While nine discrete events, all riots and protests, were reported in May 2011, the month had the highest reported fatality count — 63 — of any month in the newly updated Vietnam dataset. The reported deaths occurred as a result of the government’s crackdown on demonstrations from the majority-Christian Hmong ethnic group in Muong Nhe. Three years later, in May 2014, over 20 recorded anti-China riots and protests erupted against China’s deployment of an oil rig in a disputed region of the South China sea. The demonstrations spread around the country and resulted in over 20 reported fatalities.

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Vietnam – 2010 Data Release
Daniela Pollmann
Daniela Pollmann
Daniela Pollmann is the Asia Research Manager at ACLED. In this role she oversees the coding of political violence and protests in South and Southeast Asian countries. Ms Pollmann holds a MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the University of Sussex with focus on peace processes. She has previous work experience in the social sector in Uganda and India where her work focused on women empowerment, child protection and anti-human trafficking. She is currently stationed in New Delhi, India.
Melissa Pavlik
Melissa Pavlik
Melissa Pavlik is a Research Analyst at ACLED studying overarching trends of armed conflict across and within ACLED’s regions of study. She has degrees in Statistics and Political Science from the University of Chicago, and is currently studying in the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research focus include violent non-state actors and the intersection between the international political economy and political violence.
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