The Hong Kong paper Ming Pao reports on the ongoing anti-Japan demonstrations sweeping China:
Strict Control Over Anti-Japanese Demonstrations: Public Employees Forbidden to Encourage or Take Part
Ming Pao Newsflash: Numerous mainland cities are experiencing days-long Anti-Japan protests in defense of China’s sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. Authorities have begun exerting increasingly strict control over the demonstrations. Police in the city of Changsha, Hunan Province, issued an edict urging authorities to “complete the work of influencing employee ideology,” forbidding municipal government employees from instigating or taking part in anti-Japan demonstrations and marches. The edict also orders public employees to immediately report any incidents to their superiors. Reports from the city of Xiamen, Fujian Province, also claim protests in defense of the Diaoyu Islands were met with suppression from the authorities. High level members of the Beijing media revealed they had received orders from above that allow the media to “report on nationalist sentiment, but breaking information from the street must be strictly controlled. Interviewing Diaoyu defenders is strictly prohibited.” Yesterday, protesters numbering in the thousands gathered outside the gates of the Japanese Embassy in Beijing. On Liangmaqiao East Street, where the Japanese embassy is located, the sidewalk was converted into a “designated protest area.” Those who wished to walk through the area opposite the gate of the embassy were forced to pass through a bus stop or “launching station.” Demonstration Rules: Serious Expressions, No Playing with Cell Phones Protesters were released in waves of about 100 people. More than 100 police officers stood by to maintain order. In each group, protesters who brought their own banners were ushered to the front of the pack. Chinese flags were passed out to those who came empty-handed. Each time a group of 100 amassed, a plain-clothed man with a megaphone would announce the...
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