DEYANG, China – About 100 Chinese staged an anti-Japan protest Saturday in Deyang, Sichuan Province, proclaiming China’s sovereignty over the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands.
“Get out of the Diaoyu Islands,” protesters shouted, among other anti-Japan chants. China refers to the islands as the Diaoyu.
It was the first demonstration against Japan since Monday, when protesters gathered in Wuhan, Hubei Province.
About 100 youths began the demonstration in Deyang shortly after 2:30 p.m., and it ended about 30 minutes later after drawing a crowd of around 1,000 people.
Security was tight, with several hundred police gathered around a square in the city where the protesters were scheduled to meet.
Messages posted on websites show organizers have planned several anti-Japan rallies over the weekend, mainly in inland cities including Deyang and Changsha in Hunan Province, as relations between Japan and China remain tense.
Organizers called for Saturday protests in cities such as Kaifeng in Henan Province, Huangshi in Hubei Province and Wuxi in Jiangsu Province.
Chinese authorities ensured universities and other schools in Deyang and Changsha were operating Saturday to discourage students from taking part in the planned demonstrations, according to the Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy, a Hong Kong-based rights group.
Protests are expected Sunday in cities such as Nanjing in Jiangsu Province, Lanzhou in Gansu Province and Baoji in Shaanxi Province.