HOLLYWOOD — Thousands of Chinese Americans protested outside CNN's offices in Hollywood Saturday morning, calling for the dismissal of commentator Jack Cafferty, whose recent remarks about Chinese goods and the Beijing government inflamed a community already angry about international condemnations directed at the host country of the upcoming Olympics.

The protesters lined Sunset Boulevard chanting "Cafferty, Fire," and singing patriotic Chinese songs.

"We understand free speech," said Lake Wang, 39, of Thousand Oaks in eastern Ventura County. "But what if Cafferty said this about other racial groups? I think he would be fired. I think he's jealous of China."

On the April 9 airing of "The Situation Room," Cafferty, in a discussion about China, said that goods from that country were "junk" and referred to the Chinese as "a bunch of goons and thugs."

CNN later said Cafferty's comments were directed at the Beijing government.