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Hong Kong activists protest on Nanking Massacre anniversary

2013/12/13 16:56:28

Hong Kong, Dec. 13 (CNA) Several civic organizations in Hong Kong staged a demonstration against Japan on Friday to mark the 76th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre committed by Japanese troops in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937.

Led by members of the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyui Islands, the protesters gathered outside the Japanese embassy and burned protest letters bearing images of the late Japanese Emperor Hirohito and the flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.

They demanded that the Japanese government face up to history, stop denying the atrocities and correct history textbooks, which the demonstrators said present a distorted view of the incident.

Also, the protesters accused Tokyo of attempting to revive Japanese militarism by expanding the country's military spending.

Japanese troops committed a series of mass murders and mass rapes as soon as they captured Nanking, the Chinese capital at the time, on Dec. 13, 1937. It is estimated that 300,000 Chinese people were killed during a six-week period.

Some people in Japan, however, have argued that the incident was exaggerated, and others say it never happened.

(By Stanley Cheung and Y.F. Low)