Cars, TV Ads Targets of Anti-Japan Protests
As conflict over the Diaoyu (Senkaku) Islands drags on, anti-Japanese sentiment has reached absurd levels. Several Chinese websites report on these developments:
SneezeBloid: Guizhou TV Operations Center Director @GuizhouTVZhangYi has revealed that Guizhou Satellite TV completely stopped airing commercials for Japanese businesses as of September 13. This move has stirred a bit of controversy online. Some netizens strongly favor the station’s action, while others note that camcorders and a lot of other TV equipment are all Japanese products.
Over the Wall: @helleon: Like livestock… //@Billows1975: I sneaked into a protest that was tightly controlled by the police. They were giving out free mineral water at the entrance, but they took back all the bottles before letting you past the police cordon. Some people held megaphones, eagerly waiting to shout the slogans printed out and provided. We were divided into four groups of about 100 people each. Under the police’s instruction, one group would shout the slogans, then let the next group move forward and do the same. There were several hundred police officers, as well as Beijing’s few helicopters circling overhead. Reporting from the Japanese embassy in Anjialou, Beijing.
纠 结滴无: 这和养牲口一样啊…… //@海涛1975: 我混入了抗议队伍，由警察的严密监控，入口处可以免费领取矿泉水，但进入警戒线之前水全部收回，有事先打印出来的口号，有人拿喇叭引领喊口号。分成四排一 百人左右一组，一组一组在警方的监控下去喊口号，之后追散下一组跟上。警察有几百人，北京唯一一架警用直升机在上空盘旋。安家楼日本使馆讯。
One Weibo cartoonist offers comic relief from the strange reports of Japanese cars burned and vandalized. A samurai presses the “flip car button” (an island in the Sea of Japan), turning over Japanese cars on the mainland and revealing the yellow stars of the Chinese flag. Meanwhile, Taiwan breaks into a sweat:
Read more about the ongoing Diaoyu dispute from CDT.