Posted: 15 Sep 2012 08:25 PM PDT
Hong Kong activists of the “Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands” has pledged to set sail to the islands again on September 18 to assert Chinese sovereignty. They said the vessel that was damaged by two Japanese coast guard ships in the last month’s visit to islands have been repaired.
The Committee also announced that a demonstration of up to three thousand people will be organized on Sunday as well, to mark the historical “9.18″ incident of 1931 (or “Mukden Incident” referring to the beginning of the Japanese invasion), and call people to never forget national humiliation. The demonstration will start from Causeway Bay to the Japanese Consulate in Central, Hong Kong.
The activist group have showed their resolution to land on the islands, as a member said they will bring two coffins together with them.
In another note, over 1,000 Chinese fishing boats from coastal provinces including Fujian and Zhejiang will start entering the waters of the Diaoyu Islands for fishing activities, after a fishing ban in the East China Sea is to be lifted at 12 pm Sunday.
And some of Taiwanese politicians were reported to be going to visit the Diaoyu Islands with fishermen too in the latter part of this month.
Posted: 15 Sep 2012 05:36 PM PDT
On Saturday, China saw the largest scare of anti-Japanese rallies across dozens of Chinese cities to oppose Japan’s “nationalizing” Diaoyu Islands in East China Sea, since China and Japan normalized diplomatic relations in 1972. In Beijing, especially, thousands of slogan-chanting, flag-waving protesters besieged the Japanese embassy and attempted to storm the building.
Public anger over Japan has flared up strongly, after Japan’s earlier farce to “name” the islands and then to “buy” them from so called Japanese “private owners.” Smaller rallies had been staged throughout the week in some cities, but they boiled over yesterday.
It is regretful that some protests have turned violent uncontrollably. Angry activists overturned Japanese cars on the roads and smashed Japanese stores. They even ransacked the Japanese businesses and set fire to them in some cities.
The violence has aroused strong opposition among the public, as they criticized the acts to cause damage to fellow countrymen purely “aggrieve our own people and gladden the enemy.”
Some activists however expressed their understanding, saying it is unavoidable as people would normally overreact when the national emotions erupt.
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