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China residents protest chemical factory expansion

China residents protest chemical factory expansion

Residents in an eastern Chinese city have clashed with police while protesting the proposed expansion of a chemical factory that they say will spew pollution and damage public health.
A government notice by Zhenhai district in Ningbo city, in Zhejiang province, said Saturday that a few people disrupted public order by staging sit-ins, unfurling banners, distributing fliers and obstructing roads. It said the proposed project was under review.
Zhenhai police said that protesters threw rocks and bricks at officers Friday and that the police dispersed illegal gatherings to restore the flow of traffic.
Residents, however, said the protests involved thousands and turned violent after authorities used tear gas to dispel the crowds and arrested participants.
Chinese have become more outspoken about environmentally risky projects in their backyards.


Updated : 2021-05-06 08:59 GMT+08:00