This photo taken on July 9, 2017 shows La Viet Dung (R) and others members of the No-U FC squad preparing to play their weekly football match at a local pitch in Hanoi. AFP / HOANG DINH NAM
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A group of old pals trot onto the pitch for what looks like an ordinary football match in Vietnam.The No-U FC squad was formed in 2011 by Tuyen and some 40 others who had rallied against China in a series of protests over disputed waters in the South China Sea, where the two communist countries have overlapping territorial claims."FC" officially stands for football club, though some joke it is short for "Fuck China".The squad has also embraced a number of other causes, calling for democracy, human rights and freedom of expression in a country where dissent is banned and often punished with lengthy prison terms.The officials in charge of the college campus pitch, which No-U had paid to play on for the evening, refused to explain why the match had been canceled.Still, No-U say they will not be intimidated, despite the authorities' continued efforts to shut them down.
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