Published On: Tue, Sep 18th, 2012

Massive angry protesters gather in China to protest Japan in 80 different cities

On September 16, anti-Japanese protests took place in over 80 cities in China. The areas included Xian, Changsha, Harbin,
Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Shanghai.

photo by Simeon

Some areas were out of control, where protesters broke building windows and had strong conflicts with police.

Over 1000 protesters gathered in front of the Japanese consulate in Guangzhou. Protesters broke the window and rushed to the first floor. Nearby Sushi stores and Japanese cars were also attacked.

Sky News details how tensions have reached a new high between the countries over the disputed ownership of islands in the East China Sea. Some Chinese activists hoped to use the anniversary to sail to the islands to try to “reclaim” them for China, but authorities are refusing to grant them permission, trying to calm the tensions.

Activist David Ho told Sky News he believed the decision was politically motivated because the vessel had passed its sea-worthiness test and technically should be allowed to leave port.

In recent weeks both the Japanese and the Chinese have upped the stakes by sending patrol vessels to the area to protect their interests.

There are fears the activists could spark a clash which could easily spiral out of control leading ultimately to war.

Over the weekend there were demonstrations in more than 80 Chinese towns and cities.

China is experiencing a wave of anti-Japanese sentiment which has resulted in businesses temporarily closing down after coming under attack.

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