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Hundreds in Tokyo rally against China

Published on Sep 22, 2012 4:41 PM
 
Right-wing activists hold national flags and placards to protest against China in Tokyo on Sept 22, 2012. Hundreds of Japanese on Saturday rallied against Beijing over an escalating island row, days after anti-Japanese protests saw shops and factories vandalised in China. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Hundreds of Japanese on Saturday rallied against Beijing over an escalating island row, days after anti-Japanese protests saw shops and factories vandalised in China.

Some 800 demonstrators waved national flags as they marched through downtown Tokyo, denouncing Beijing as a "brute state" and "fascist".

Protesters marched through the Roppongi entertainment district, near the Chinese embassy, shouting: "We will never give in to China's military threat!" They criticised the sometimes-violent anti-Japan demonstrations which saw tens of thousands march across China last week, forcing firms to close or scale back production.

"We get excited sometimes, but we don't loot shops like those in China, where the demonstrations deviated from their original intentions," said Mr Shuhei Takagi, 21, clad in a camouflage uniform.

 
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