ChinaSmack translates a post found on Tianya (now deleted) on a violent fight between Japanese and Chinese students at the Shanghai International Studies University that’s said to have taken place on Monday:
At present, the police, including the special police present, have already dispatched 10 police vehicles to maintain order, and the gathered crowd has just dispersed.
On October 20, 2008, about 10 P.M., over ten Japanese students were getting drunk and causing a disturbance in the school square. Their noise could be heard from every corner of the campus, which made the boys living on the 9th floor of the boy’s dormitory extremely upset. To protest against the Japanese, the 9th floor students sprinkled some water on the Japanese, resulting in the ten Japanese directly charging into the dorm to beat the two boys so severely that they had to be sent to the hospital.
After the beating, the 10 Japanese immediately fled the dorm room, and the students who heard the news immediately rushed downstairs to confront the Japanese students. At the time, the situation was chaotic. The police immediately dispatched special police to escort and evacuate over 10 Japanese from the school. Not only was the square swarming with patriotic students, I estimate there were approximately several hundred people. Over 10 police vehicles came one by one to maintain order, with everyone standing around watching each other for about 20 minutes.
Under the direction of several students, the students sang the national anthem, marching to the international guest house [the dormitory for international/foreign/study abroad students] to continue their protest against Japanese people. However, the police blocked off the entrance to the international guest house. At this time, we could see Koreans also hanging up their Korean flag. As the student protests increased, there were some foreigners upstairs in the international guest house (it was too dark to see clearly) throwing glass bottles down, causing the situation to escalate…only after the person in charge of the school immediately put forward that the first three students who knew what happened come forth and communicate with the Japanese did the university students calm down and behave themselves.
Over 2 hours later, the matter finally quiet down…at the time there were people using cameras and video cameras to film, which will probably be uploaded onto the internet soon.
From the pictures posted, it does look like a fight did take place on the SISU campus, although we have no way of verifying the specifics of the story. Any SISU students here has more information?
UPDATE: Shanghai Daily‘s report of the story, entitled “University downplays clash of students” after the jump:
THE Shanghai International Studies University yesterday admitted that a group of Chinese and Japanese students clashed on Monday night but said no one was hurt.
The university put out a statement after the issue was widely discussed on online forums. Netizens reported how a fight had broken out at the Xianda College of Economics and Humanities in Hongkou District, resulting in injuries and protests on campus.
The institute is an independent private college under SISU and Shanghai Xianda Investment Co.
The university, however, played down the incident. It posted a statement on its website saying: “No student was hurt in the accidental dispute.”
According to the statement, trouble started around 10pm on Monday when a group of Japanese students returned from a birthday celebration at a nearby restaurant. They hung around dormitories housing Chinese students and became boisterous.
Students from the apartments protested, and some of them threw empty plastic bottles from the balconies, according to the statement. The revellers then got abusive, according to some reports.
Japanese students then went to the ninth floor and knocked on several doors. A fresh round of quarrels broke out between the Japanese and Chinese students, according to the statement. The situation was brought under control by security guards.
A witness told Shanghai Daily that more than 100 people had gathered outside the students’ dorm. But the Japanese students continued to be abusive as they left the building. This in turn angered local students.
A group of Chinese youngsters then gathered at the SISU guest hotel, where the Japanese students were staying. University officials, teachers and guards arrived on the scene and restored order.