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Shouting "Japanese invaders must die," thousands protested in eastern China against Japan's wartime past on Saturday, hurling rocks and bottles at Tokyo's consulate in Shanghai and burning Japanese flags.
But with thousands of paramilitary police on the streets of Beijing and students warned against protests, authorities headed off a repeat of last weekend's violent demonstrations in the capital, which Japan's foreign minister is to visit on Sunday.
There was also calm in the southern city of Guangzhou and Chongqing in the southwest, where thousands marched last weekend.
China has been accused of tacitly encouraging the unrest, which started in Guangdong and Sichuan provinces early this month, spread to Beijing last week and, now, to Tianjin, Shanghai and Hangzhou on the east coast.
In the third weekend of violent protests against Japan, thousands marched on the Japanese consulate in Shanghai, smashing its windows with rocks, pelting it with paint bombs and attacking Japanese restaurants along the way.
One banner read "Face Up to History." Another warned: "The anti-Japan war is not over yet."
SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Chanting "Japanese pigs get out," protesters threw stones and broke windows at Japan's consulate and Japanese restaurants in China as some 20,000 people defied government warnings to protest Tokyo's wartime history and its bid for a permanent U.N. Security Council seat.
The Australian: Man burned in consulate attack
A MAN set himself on fire after hurling a bottle at the Chinese consulate general in the Japanese city of Osaka today as violent anti-Japanese demonstrations continued in China for a second weekend.
The middle-aged man, who was not immediately identified, suffered burns on his left hand and other parts of his body, and was taken to a hospital for treatment, a spokesman for the Osaka prefectural police said.
His actions appeared to be in retaliation for the protests in China against Tokyo's alleged failure to adequately apologise for its wartime aggression.