If you haven’t heard, there’s a bit of a political issue with a place called Diaoyu Island. Both China and Japan claim to own it, and this week Japan bought the island from some private owners. This has caused quite a stir.
Today there were two protests in my area: a demonstration in the park across the street, and a march from the city center down a couple of the major streets. Everything was peaceful and orderly. Just chanting of slogans, displaying banners, and getting the word out.
While the police were on-hand in large numbers, they were mostly just standing on the sidewalk watching. Or… marching in the protest. A lot of people stopped to watch (and take photos), but there was no violence, or even threat of violence. The only interaction I saw between police and anyone else was when a couple officers politely directed people on e-bikes up onto the sidewalk while the marchers were going by. Otherwise, they just stopped traffic to the let marchers go by, or stood sipping tea and watching.