The Straits Times
Published on Sep 18, 2012

Taiwanese demonstrators burn Japanese flag


TAIPEI (AFP) - More than 100 Taiwanese activists burnt a Japanese flag in a protest in downtown Taipei on Tuesday, as anger over disputed islands in the East China Sea spilled over from China.

The demonstration outside Taiwan's parliament took place as a row over the islands - known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese - prompted thousands to hit the streets in major cities on the Chinese mainland.

"When our compatriots in the mainland are striving to protect the Diaoyu islands, we people in Taiwan cannot remain silent," said a spokesman for the small Union Party, the organiser of the protest.

The Taiwanese protesters called for cooperation with China to get back the disputed islands, which they said were "stolen" by Japan, and blamed the United States for favouring Tokyo.