Protests erupted Thursday outside Carrefour stores in Beijing and three other Chinese cities, with hundreds of people waving banners and shouting slogans amid anger at foreigners over Tibet and the Olympic torch relay. No violence was reported.
The French retailer is the latest target of Chinese anger at pro-Tibet protesters who have tried to disrupt the torch relay. Rumors on Chinese Web sites accused Carrefour of supporting the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, but the company denied that.
In Beijing, police detained five men and two women outside a Carrefour in the Haidian university district.
Read also Protests at Carrefour stores in China: state media by AFP, and Demonstrations erupt at Carrefour outlets in China from Xinhua.