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Protests over chemical factory resume in China

 Chinese police officers detain a demonstrator, second from right, while people gather to protest the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory th...
 Chinese police officers, right side, stand guard while people gather to protest the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory that they say would...
 People gather in front of the city government office building in Zhejiang province's Ningbo city, protesting the proposed expansion of a petrochemica...
 Security guards, paramilitary police and police officers stand guard as people gather for a rally in front of the city government office building in ...

China Pollution Protest

Chinese police officers detain a demonstrator, second from right, while people gather to protest the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory th...

China Pollution Protest

Chinese police officers, right side, stand guard while people gather to protest the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory that they say would...

China Pollution Protest

People gather in front of the city government office building in Zhejiang province's Ningbo city, protesting the proposed expansion of a petrochemica...

China Pollution Protest

Security guards, paramilitary police and police officers stand guard as people gather for a rally in front of the city government office building in ...

Protests resumed Sunday in an eastern Chinese city where thousands of residents had clashed with police a day earlier while demonstrating against the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory over pollution fears.
Several hundred citizens of Ningbo, which is in Zhejiang province, set off from a city square and headed for the offices of the city government on Sunday morning. Hundreds were stopped at the gate of the offices by a circle of uniformed police. They shouted for the release of people they believed had been detained by police a day earlier.
On Saturday, residents reported that protests turned violent after authorities used tear gas and arrested participants. Authorities said "a few" people disrupted public order.
On Sunday, there was a noticeable security presence at the square, which is located in a shopping district. Several dozen uniformed police officers stood around and some walked with protesters, appearing to allow them to express their grievances without taking action.
Children were among those who marched and parents carried babies in their arms.
Some protesters wore face masks and shouted slogans including "Protect Ningbo" and "Return my health" while pumping their fists in the air. Cars were forced to stop as a long stretch of people marched along roads.


Updated : 2021-06-19 16:25 GMT+08:00