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Demonstrations grow over Diaoyu Islands

(Xinhua)

08:20, August 17, 2012

BEIJING - Demonstrators across the country staged protests demanding the release of the 14 Chinese nationals who are being held by Japanese police after they went to the Diaoyu Islands.

More than 100 citizens in Binzhou city, East China's Shandong province, joined in an anti-Japanese march on Thursday morning, waving banners with slogans such as "Safeguard our territory", "Boycott Japanese products", and "Defend Diaoyu Islands".

The demonstrations erupted a day after the Chinese government protested with Japan after illegally detaining the Chinese nationals from Hong Kong, who went to the islands on Wednesday.

Demonstrations, which started at around 10 am, dispersed by Thursday afternoon. Similar protests, though fewer in the numbers, occured in other cities across China, such as Beijing and Shanghai.

A group of six people arrived at the Japanese Embassy, in Beijing's Chaoyang District, at around 12:10 pm, waving national flags and chanting slogans in protest. "Free our compatriots", "Return our territory", "The Diaoyu Islands belong to China", they shouted.

Police persuaded the protestors to leave, but the group returned about 10 minutes later, chanting slogans such as, "Out of Diaoyu Islands" and "The Diaoyu Islands are part of China's territory" until police again persuaded them to leave.

On Thursday morning, two other citizens arrived at the embassy separately, holding placards that read: "Release those who defend the Diaoyu Islands immediately and unconditionally" and "Protest Japan's illegal detainment of Chinese warriors who defend the Diaoyu Islands."
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