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Activists demand Japan relinquish the Diaoyutais

AFP , HONG KONG

Activists marched to the Japanese consulate in Hong Kong yesterday to demand that Japan "return" a disputed set of islands, after bad weather forced them to scrap a trip there.

Protesters from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China had planned to set sail on Sunday to the disputed Diaoyutai Islands and make landfall yesterday, the anniversary of Japan's World War II surrender.

The trip was to demonstrate against what they see as Japanese occupation of the islands, but was postponed because of the weather.

Instead they marched to the consulate, where they shouted slogans and waved a banner that read: "Get out of the Diaoyutai Islands."

"Japan has never taken any actions to apologize to the Chinese war victims nor compensate them. We want to show we are not happy about this," said David Ko, chairman of Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyutai Islands.

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