Anti-Japanese protests sweep through China

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BEIJING — Anti-Japanese protests flared in more than a dozen cities across China on Saturday, with some demonstrators trying to storm police barricades outside Japan’s embassy in Beijing as thousands pelted the building with rocks and eggs.

The Japanese Kyodo News agency cited protests in at least 28 cities and quoted an unnamed diplomatic source as saying the scale of protests was the largest since the two nations normalized ties in 1972.

Online video and photographs from several cities showed shops and restaurants with damage ranging from broken windows to ransacking.

Some buildings were reportedly left in flames.

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