[Updated] Worst of anti-Japan protests passed, SZ police now looking for lootersPosted: 09/24/2012 2:11 pm
The dust is beginning to settle following last week’s riotous protests against the Japanese for its claims on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Police in Guangzhou have detained 18 for committing acts of violence during last week’s protests, according to Xinhua. These included smashing Japanese-brand cars, shop windows and billboards, Guangzhou Public Security Bureau told the news agency.
In Shenzhen, seven arrests were made of some of the more destructive protestors, according to local media. One of the protestors who was detained in the city’s Futian District said he had been overcome with patriotic fervour, he was acting out of character and he would never do it again.
Police in Shenzhen’s Futian District are seeking tips about 20 suspected vandals who damaged property during the protests, according to Shenzhen Daily. Today’s South China Morning Post (behind a paywall) published some of their photos, which are posted below.
Meanwhile, Shanghaiist notes popular Shenzhen television personality Juanzi was trolled relentlessly after defending Japan on her Weibo. What on Earth could she have said to face such harsh criticism? Here it is:
A few days ago a friend went on a business trip to Japan but had trouble leaving the country. This morning he sent me a text saying that last night he and a co-worker had been eating at a Japanese bar when it was uncovered that they were Chinese, after which they got a dish that had some words written on it [Editor's note: the words on the dish say "Thank you China".]. When I heard this, I was worried. But who would have thought it would be these words. The bar owner said, “Thank you for being so willing to come to Japan, I hope there will be peace and friendship.” … I certainly was surprised. Patriotism: must we use xenophobia and hatred to express it?
Juanzi said she deleted the post because she was “scared” after receiving a vitriolic backlash.
Wrapping up our summary of Japan sentiment in the PRD, sources in Dongguan have told The Nanfang that they saw overwhelming evidence the protests were staged by the government. They told us they saw buses arrive with people who said they were from Henan, some of whom were directing the crowds. This wouldn’t be earth-shattering news, as it’s suspected that the protests were at least tolerated by the government, if not outright encouraged.
Well, that was fast. It seems that the hooligans causing problems in Shenzhen aren’t interested in being on the lam. The Daily Sunshine reports five of the 20 suspects being sought have already turned themselves in. It might not be long before the others turn up, either.