First Hand Account From Shanghai Anti-Japan March
I'd been waiting for Fons to wake up and update his first hand accounts of the protest march in Shanghai yesterday. First let me rewind a bit for the week to point to Fons' write-ups this week on government action on the protests.
Usually when the Chinese government wants to increase the numbers in a protest march it will do so via intervention at the work group level. Similarly it will go to this level to discourage involvement (as noticed last July here in Hong Kong when pro-CCP businesses discouraged employees from marching on July 1st).
On to Fons' first hand account. One thing I might add to this is the commentary from last weekend's SCMP that criticised police interaction in the Beijing march last week as a cause for violence. This might explain Fons' observations last night about an apparent police policy of non-opposition to the marchers.
I haven't followed up on the links to the other Shanghai and China bloggers Fons links to, but I will shortly and so should you. Note that none of these goes to the blogger the InstaParrot has linked to.
UPDATE 12:32pm - Shanghai Diaries has thoughts, photos, and video of the protests up at his site.
UPDATE 12:51pm - Myrick has more thoughts and photos up at his site. And he does link to the BananaOil! posts that the InstaParrot links to.