Thousands of Chinese protest against Japan over Diaoyu islands
More than 30,000 protesters gathered in Guangzhou this morning at a number of rally points all coordinated to march on the Japanese embassy in the Garden Hotel.
More than 30,000 protesters marched on the Japanese embassy in the Garden Hotel this morning.
A group of protesters rallied at Martyr's park in downtown Guangzhou this morning to voice their objection against the Japanese over the Diaoyu Islands dispute.
The group marched to the Garden Hotel, where the Japanese embassy is located, and met three other groups of protestors along the way, all of them funneling together into the entrances to the hotel.
Military and police were dispatched across the entire area surrounding the Garden hotel in an effort to maintain order. According to one policeman, 10,000 police were on scene to control the crowd.
Protesters and police clashed heavily at points, developing into brief outbursts of violence where protesters were seen forcibly handled by police as well as police receiving physical injuries from fists and ready-made weapons from sticks, brick, rock, and water bottles.
Protestors launched bottles of water, sticks, rocks, and eggs at the police and the Garden hotel entrance. The windows of the Japanese embassy in the 2nd floor of the hotel were smashed out by protesters who gained access to the building to break the windows from within.
At a side entrance to the hotel, protestors met a human barricade of military men and women armed with riot shields and helmets. At times, some protesters managed to smash the riot shields and pull police and military from their ranks into the crowd. At other times the rows of military defense dispelled the attack and managed to push the advancing crowd back.
This protest in Guangzhou was organized in concert with protests in major cities across the country all arranged to take place this weekend. Xian and cities in Hubei province saw protests Saturday while the heaviest protests were planned for Sunday morning in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Tianjin. News of the protest was distributed over Weibo, the domestic microblog online service, and QQ, the most popular social networking tool used in China.