BY TALLULAH JANE
BEIJING — In a move baffling the international community, hundreds of angry Chinese students in Beijing’s college district gathered outside Tous Les Jours, a Korean bakery, and stared at each other.
“We are standing to show our power against the Franch,” said Beibei, 20, French major at Beijing’s Cultural Relations University.
“This time Franch have really hurt the feelings of the Chinese people,” said Jinging, 20, psychology major at the Metal and Mining Institute of Beijing.
“Actually, I don’t really know why we are here,” said Huanhuan, 20, Chinese history major at the People’s University.
“Because I received the short message from my friend,” said Yingying, 20, Information management major, “so I came to show my participation.”
“I think it is because of Olympics, but I did not know it clearly,” said Nini.
Dozens of police were dispatched to break up the gawking, which the Chinese communist party has had difficulty trying to curb for the past year.
“Though some French have hurt the feelings of the Chinese people in recent attacks, these events should not be politicized or used as an excuse to hurt the games,” said a Chinese official. “Beijing welcomes you.”