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A demonstration calling for a boycott of Japanese products was held at a Japanese-owned supermarket in Sichuan Province, a witness said Tuesday.

The demonstration Monday came on the anniversary of a staged incident in 1931 that Japan used as a pretext to invade China.

According to the witness, who was reached by phone, 30 to 40 young people gathered in front of an outlet owned by major supermarket chain Ito-Yokado Co. in the provincial capital of Chengdu. Protesters carried banners, including one that said: “Don’t forget history.”

The demonstrators shouted slogans and called for a boycott of Japanese products.

About 100 people, including onlookers, gathered in front of the store at one point. The crowd sang the Chinese national anthem and dispersed after about an hour, the witness said. No violence was reported.

Monday was the anniversary of the so-called Mukden Incident, in which officers of the Japanese Imperial Army blew up a rail line in Manchuria.

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