Anti-Japan protests in China swell, turn violent

BEIJING (AP) – Protesters in China have begun another day of demonstrations against Japan, after protests over disputed islands spread across numerous cities and at times turned violent.

Hundreds of protesters across from the Japanese Consulate in Shanghai chanted and waved banners Sunday asserting that the islands in the East China Sea, which are controlled by Japan, are Chinese. About 50 military police officers carrying shields stood outside the consulate.

Tensions have boiled over since Japan’s government purchased the islands from their private owners last week.

Users couldn’t search for “anti-Japan protests” on China’s Twitter-like site Sina Weibo on Sunday morning, and many of the previous day’s photos had been taken down. The site is regularly censored.

Some postings said there were protests planned Sunday in two southern cities and a central one.

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