Hong Kong police today (Thursday) released on bail 21 people detained after an anti-Japanese rally at a park erupted into violence,injuring at least seven people.
LS General shot of the rally
MS demonstrators showering leaflets
CU Picture of Dr. Sun Yat-sen
MS demonstrator throws out leaflets
CA man with loud-speaker
CS demonstrator arrested by police (THREE CUTS)
CS police shout
MS demonstrator arrested by police
MS another man arrested by police
MS demonstrators getting into the police car
MS policemen looking out (two cuts)
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Background: Hong Kong police today (Thursday) released on bail 21 people detained after an anti-Japanese rally at a park erupted into violence,injuring at least seven people.
The rally was staged Wednesday evening in defiance of a ban imposed by the colony's Urban Council and climaxed weeks of demonstrations in Hong Kong against Japan's claim to the disputed Senkaku Islands. The islands - coral islets between Okinawa and Taiwan - are also claimed by the People's Republic of China and Taiwan.
Six people including a British police officer received injuries in scuffles between police and demonstrators. A foreign correspondents was hit by stones thrown at police.
The rally -- timed by its organisers to coincide with the 34th anniversary of the event which triggered the Japanese invasion of China -- attracted a crowd of several thousands as the demonstrators chanted anti-Japanese slogans.
Scuffling started when the British police officer was knocked down in an attempt to stop a student leader who was addressing the rally. Police then baton-charged the sitting demonstrators while many of them abused policemen as "running dogs."
Police said four of those bailed out today were suspected to have set fire to a police motor-cycle outside the park.