Backgrounder: History proves Diaoyu Islands are China's territory
BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese protesters vented anger against Japan Saturday when they took to the streets to assert China's claim to sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.
More than 2,000 college students gathered in downtown Chengdu, capital of the southwestern Sichuan Province, at around 2 p.m., unfurling banners and shouting "Defend the Diaoyu Islands," "Fight Japan" and other slogans.
More people joined the protest and the procession marched through some of the city's main streets, with some protestors distributing Chinese national flags.
The protest ended at about 3:30 p.m.. No violence has been reported.
In Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, more than 7,000 college students marched, holding flags, banners and shouting slogans such as "Diaoyudao is China's" and "Boycott Japanese goods."
The protestors sang the Chinese national anthem while marching peacefully. Some set fire on Japanese national flags.
When demonstrators were breaking into a Mizuno sportswear shop, riot police rushed to the site and put the situation under control.
All Japanese shops along the route of the protest had closed, local police authority told Xinhua.