“Patriots” in China continue to take their anti-American sentiments to the streets. On Tuesday 3,000 protesters in Jiangsu gathered in front of an “Apple Store,” chanting slogans like “Boycott American goods! Kick Apple out of China!” Apparently, it didn’t matter to them that the store they were protesting in front of was fake.
It seems that calls from state media for more “rational patriotism” have gone unheard.
Currently, Apple has only opened 36 stores across the whole of China (compared to over 4,000 KFCs). The shop in Suining county was not one of them, though it probably sells genuine Apple products.
If these 3,000 protesters wanted to take out their anger on a real Apple Store, they would have had to travel all the way across the province to Shanghai to reach the nearest authorized shop, looking something like this:
As opposed to this:
The owner of the shop, surnamed Zhu, said that dozens of people rushed into his store, and then left peacefully after 10 minutes, doing “nothing outrageous” in the meantime. Ifeng quotes Zhu as saying that he didn’t think the protesters were necessarily bad. “it’s just that their methods are wrong,” he explained.
Zhu also said that he didn’t find this protest very newsworthy at all, since similar incidents were happening all over the country. Recently though, the tide seems to have turned against the “patriotic” protesters with state media editorials denouncing their tactics and police making arrests.
By Victor Fung
[Images via Ifeng]