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Demonstrations involving hundreds of protesters erupted at Carrefour outlets in some Chinese cities on Thursday, with people holding China national flags and shouting slogans against Carrefour, CNN and "Tibet independence".
They also expressed support for the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
Two protesters chanting "Boycott Carrefour" and "Oppose CNN" attracted hundreds of spectators in front of the Carrefour store in Zhongguancun, a high-tech industry zone in Beijing, at midday.

People cheered in response to their slogans. Some joined in and shouted "Go, China! Go, Olympics!" The crowd soon caused a traffic jam.
The two protesters were taken away by police but were followed by another two youths, who took up the banners and continued the protest.
They were also persuaded to leave at 12:30 p.m. by local police.However, hundreds were still milling about outside the shop.

At another outlet in Baishiqiao Road in west Beijing, not far from Zhongguancun, a few young protesters in white T-shirts painted with red hearts waved national flags. The protest did not cause any traffic jam and the store operated as usual.
So far, there have been no reports of protests at other Beijing Carrefour outlets.The French retailer was earlier accused by Chinese Internet users of supporting the Tibet secession forces, or the Dalai Lama and his followers. Carrefour China denied the accusation in a statement last month.
The protesters were also furious with CNN commentator Jack Cafferty who had made derogatory remarks about China, calling the Chinese "the same goons and thugs they've been for the last 50 years".Protests also occurred in the central city of Changsha, Fuzhou in the southeast, Chongqing in the west and Shenyang in the northeast.

In Changsha, capital of the central Hunan Province, hundreds of protesters gathered at a Carrefour outlet around 10 a.m..
They held banners saying "Support Olympics", "Oppose Tibet Independence", "Love China" and "Unity is Power". Many people signed their names on the banners and joined in the chanting of slogans.
At the entrance, about 200 protesters tried to persuade people not to patronize the store.
Police blocked the entrance at 10:15 a.m. "to avoid accident as there were too many people," said an officer at the scene.
Many protesters told Xinhua they were college students and freshmen in companies from different cities in Hunan.
"I arrived in Changsha at 2:00 a.m. on Thursday from Hengyang City," said university student Luo Xing. Hengyang is about 200 kilometers from Changsha.

In Fuzhou, capital of the eastern Fujian Province, some young people handed out national flags and leaflets in the square outside a Carrefour store.
Local officials and about 40 police arrived at the scene to maintain order in the morning.The number of people in the square kept increasing and reached about 1,000 by 11 a.m..Another 100 police officers soon arrived and started to persuade them to leave.
By 1 p.m., the square was quiet as the crowd dispersed.

In Shenyang, capital of the northeast Liaoning Province, dozen of students arrived with Chinese flags at an outlet at 9:20 a.m.. Ten minutes later, another four protesters held a dozen boards with images showing French and German boycott actions towards the Olympics.
They were soon taken away by local police. No conflicts occurred.
Carrefour has 112 stores on the Chinese mainland.

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