On September 17, 2012, the state-sponsored Caixin Magazine published a report entitled "Closer Look: How a Protest in Beijing Stuck to the Script." An excerpt:
A nearby street was filled with police, most of them relaxed. When I photographed the protest, he smiled and said: "You can join the protest."
"Can I? Won't I be pulled out?" I asked.
"Since it is me who let you in, who dares pull you out!" he said.
"But I haven't applied for permission," I said.
"It is OK. The organizer has applied," he said.
A middle-aged policeman also encouraged me to join the parade.
"Can I shout 'Punish corruptions'?" I inquired.
"No, you can't!" the middle-aged officer said, suddenly seriously.
"Only slogans concerned with Diaoyu Islands are allowed," a young policeman chimed in.
我们用手机拍照，一位年纪大约二十七八的警察笑眯眯地动员我：到队伍里面去拍吧，跟着他们走一圈。我问：我能进去吗？不会撵我出来？他继续动员：我让你进的还有谁会撵你？我说：我没有申请啊。不用，带头的人申请就行了。他说。The following photos were taken at the protests, and show what kind of slogans the police presumably deemed to be permissible.
|"China is of one heart, bathe Tokyo in blood."|
|Protesters burn a Japanese flag while others hold poster saying: "Fuck You."|
|"Our hatred is irreconcilable / We beg the government to launch a war."|
|"Boycotting Japanese good begins with me.|
Anger without action is meaningless.
There is no negotiating issues of sovereign territory, there is only war."
|"Declare war on Japan."|
|"China is unanimous, Destroy little Japan."|
|The red banner reads: "Cut off the heads of the Japanese devils with six cuts."|
|"Declare war on Japan, Blood debts paid must be paid in blood."|
|The sign on the left reads: "Japanese assholes, get the fuck out of China."|
|The sign on the right reads: "Declare war on Japan / I will donate 10k."|
|The Mao t-shirt reads: "Start a war."|
|"Bring down Japan even if it means the country's land is rendered barren."|
|The sign under the pinwheel reads "Little Japanese / Go die!"|
|The t-shirt says: "Blow up Japan / I can stop watching AV."|
("AV" is a reference to Japanese adult films.)
|"Flatten your Tokyo"|
|"Flatten Tokyo / Return my Diaoyu Islands"|
|"Take back the Diaoyu Islands, even if it means killing everyone in Japan."|
|"Slaughter all little Japanese, return my Diaoyu Islands."|
|"China should take action and kill the Japanese dogs."|
|"Chairman Mao come back soon|
Little Japanese are invading us again."
|"Defend the Diaoyu Islands / Don't bother with negotiating / Resolve this with armed force."|
|"The Diaoyu Islands Belong to China|
Sola Aoi Belongs to the World"
(Sola Aoi is a Japanese adult film star)
|The man behind the boy is holding a sign saying:|
"Japanese devils / Get the hell out of the Diaoyu Islands, otherwise I will
let my son piss on you."
|The white banner reads: "Flatten Tokyo."|