No two protests are ever the same, as the above video will show. In Changsha, people flip cars. In Dali, they sing the national anthem. In Qingdao, they chant. (Actually, they sing and chant everywhere, but you know what I mean.) There are a lot of banners that read “Japanese Devils,” a term that originates from Japan’s invasion of China last century. Other slogans are less kind.
What’s striking, however, is how orderly most people are. Sure, you see a lot of open anger, and some violence, and of course you’ve read about the destruction and chaos, but let the above suggest that anguish over the Japanese government’s purchasing of the Diaoyu Islands has forced the Chinese government to allow a measure of organized protest. Could a further loosening of controls result in the enabling of free speech? The sun rises in a brave new world. Progress!