Beijing, Sept. 15 (CNA) Anti-Japan protests, triggered by Japan's purchase of some of the Diaoyutai Islands last week, raged Saturday in many Chinese cities.
In Beijing, protesters gathered outside the Japanese embassy for the fifth consecutive day. Their number surged into the thousands, far more than on the four previous days, apparently because of the arrival of the weekend.
Police blocked off the embassy with barricades to keep protesters away but could not stop them from throwing eggs and water bottles at the building, and the embassy's door was left covered by egg.
Clashes also erupted when police pushed back protesters after they moved too close to the embassy.
Similar protests took place in other Chinese cities. Chinese Internet users said Heiwado Co., a Japanese department store in Changsha in central China, was ransacked by protesters Saturday.
In Japan, the protests were widely reported in domestic newspapers, and with Sept. 18 the 81st anniversary of the beginning of the second Sino-Japanese War, authorities in both China and Japan were worried that the protests could spin out of control.
Japan currently has administrative control over the Diaoyutais, or Senkakus as they are known in Japan. It recently contracted to buy three of the islands from a private owner to formally nationalize them.
Taiwan and China also claim sovereignty over the islands, which are located in the East China Sea about 100 nautical miles off Taiwan's northern coast.
(By Lawrence Chiu, Hsiao Pao-hsiang, Yang Ming-chu and Maubo Chang)