Saturday, April 09, 2005

Patriotic violence: the beginning of a fascist state?

'Patriotic rally'

Organisers spread the word of the rally on internet bulletin boards, which called for protesters to gather at a shopping centre in the north of the city.

Marchers chanted slogans and burned a Japanese flag, demanding a boycott of Japanese goods.

"Japan doesn't face up to its history," Cheng Lei said, quoted by Reuters news agency.

"We want to express our feelings so the Japanese government knows what we think."

Some smashed windows of a Japanese restaurant and others hurled bottles at a Japanese bank.

Hundreds of demonstrators threw rocks and bottles and shouted abuse at the residence of the Japanese ambassador to Beijing.

Another protester told AFP news agency earlier that the demonstration was a "patriotic rally".

"I am Chinese, I love China," Zhang Daili said.

"... [I]f you are a patriot then you must oppose Japan."

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The history mentioned is of course the occupation during World War II and the war crime atrocities committed by the Japanese against the Chinese. The history of East Asia is deep with war, including the Korean peninsula as a victim of political and military tension and conflict.

Full article from the BBC-UK: Protesters attack Japan embassy