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Beijing Warns Against May Day Protests

Chinese paramilitary officer gestures outside of the Japanese embassy in Beijing, the scene of violent protests
Beijing's police chief has warned people against staging anti-Japanese protests during the week-long May Day holiday that starts on Sunday.

The official Xinhua news agency quotes Ma Zhenchuan, the director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau Saturday as saying police would resolutely punish law breakers who organize and instigate illegal demonstrations.

Police also sent text messages via cell phones to city residents, urging them not to participate in illegal protests.

Fresh protests had been rumored to be planned in Beijing and other cities for Sunday and Wednesday,

About 10,000 people took part in an anti-Japanese protest in Beijing on April 9, with many hurling stones, eggs and bottles at the Japanese embassy and ambassador's residence.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.