On Saturday, China saw the largest scare of anti-Japanese rallies across dozens of Chinese cities to oppose Japan’s “nationalizing” Diaoyu Islands in East China Sea, since China and Japan normalized diplomatic relations in 1972. In Beijing, especially, thousands of slogan-chanting, flag-waving protesters besieged the Japanese embassy and attempted to storm the building.
Public anger over Japan has flared up strongly, after Japan’s earlier farce to “name” the islands and then to “buy” them from so called Japanese “private owners.” Smaller rallies had been staged throughout the week in some cities, but they boiled over yesterday.
It is regretful that some protests have turned violent uncontrollably. Angry activists overturned Japanese cars on the roads and smashed Japanese stores. They even ransacked the Japanese businesses and set fire to them in some cities.
The violence has aroused strong opposition among the public, as they criticized the acts to cause damage to fellow countrymen purely “aggrieve our own people and gladden the enemy.”
Some activists however expressed their understanding, saying it is unavoidable as people would normally overreact when the national emotions erupt.