Anti-Japan Protests in China Turn Violent, Cooler Heads Prevail Online

On Saturday protestors in dozens of Chinese cities took to the streets to voice their anger at the Japanese government’s nationalization of the Diaoyu Islands (Senkaku Islands in Japanese) in the East China Sea as a flagrant violation of Chinese sovereignty. In Beijing, thousands of protestors besieged the Japanese embassy, hurling eggs, bottles and anything else at hand – sometimes hitting unfortunate reporters stationed nearby – and tried to storm the barricades manned by hundreds of riot police. The unrest was apparently too unsettling for censors, who have made “Japanese embassy” a banned search term on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese social media platform.

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