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Despite Government Repression, Hundreds Protest China Chemical Plant

4 May

Cross Posted from Al Jazeera

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Hundreds of people have protested against a proposed chemical plant in southwest China, state media said, while residents in another city accused authorities of preventing a similar protest.

More than 200 demonstrators gathered in the city of Kunming on Saturday to protest plans for a factory which will produce paraxylene (PX), a toxic petrochemical used to make fabrics, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.

About 1,000 people described as “onlookers” surrounded the protesters, some of whom wore face-masks and held banners, the report said, adding that police “dissuaded” a protester from displaying a banner.

Police also lined the streets of Chengdu, the capital of southwest China’s Sichuan province, after locals planned to demonstrate over a nearby chemical plant, residents said.

“There were a lot of police outside government offices, public spaces and important crossroads in the city,” one resident surnamed Liu said, adding that fliers posted around the city in recent days had called for a protest.

“The fliers said the chemical plant has a big impact on people’s health,” he said, not wanting to give a full name for fear of official reprisals. The government responded with notices calling on people not to demonstrate, Liu said.

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