Anti-Japanese protesters have been rallying outside the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, China since Saturday; the magnitude of masses has extended beyond so much so that even select subway stations had to be closed off to ensure the safety of traveling community members—as this writer can personally testify.
For the past week there have been several policemen and volunteers guarding the entrances to nearby businesses, and as many as 10-15 (maybe more) police vehicles are surrounding perimeter each day. The Japanese flag has been burned, Japanese model cars have been overturned and even Japanese-owned businesses have been brutalized as a means to demonstrate their strong disapproval for the country. One (anonymous) community member also said in casual conversation, “I refuse to buy Japanese products, I don't want anything to do with them. We hate the Japanese.”
The protests were originally spawned over the dispute of the land-space between Japan and China; the there is debate over who owns the Diaoyu Islands; a potentially valuable land for the owner's economy. Now the fire is being fueled by deep-seeded historical hatred that dates back to WWII, involving the massacre of countless Chinese people during the Japanese occupation.
More than a few times now, people have been heard to say, “Now is the most dangerous time in China, we may be on the verge of war.”
This writer in unable to obtain further information or photographs at this time due to strict regulation of police enforcement; the Chinese police have been bullying foreign workers from the U.S. and U.K. by conducting random unannounced searches in businesses and English schools, demanding to see visa paperwork and passport information. Names are being taken down and reported if foreign workers cannot present information upon request.
Please stay tuned; this writer hopes to produce a long-running story about first hand accounts. Meanwhile, other non-related incidences have been cited:
*The name of the future Vice President of China, Xi Jinping, was blocked from Chinese search engines during the 2-week period he was reported missing in early September.
*In the Beijing History Museum, there is a Western timeline adjacent to the Chinese historical artifacts so tourists can compare history. This writer was baffled to find that the U.S. was noted for only releasing one nuclear bomb in Nagasaki, Japan. There was no mention of Hiroshima. Even the writer's tour guide—a history major, mind you—didn't know about this.
These ongoing hateful protests are upsetting and unnecessary, and this writer concludes that such hatred has only proved to be further poisonous to the world, further perpetuated by omitting truth from history.