Thousands of demonstrators showed up at the Japanese Consulate-General on Tuesday to protest the Japanese government’s nationalisation of the disputed islands known as Diaoyu to China and Senkaku to Japan. The anti-Japan protests were held on this day to coincide with the 81st anniversary of the Mukden Incident, referred to in Chinese as the 九一八事變 (lit., the “918 incident”), in which the Imperial Japanese Army began its invasion of Manchuria on September 18, 1931.
While the protests drew a much smaller crowd than expected — presumably because it was a working day — this was still a highly choreographed, meticulously planned event. Police officers, military police and SWAT teams were deployed across the city, and free buses ferried protestors in and out of the neighbourhood surrounding the consulate.
Click through our photos one by one to see what we saw at the protests.