Chinese Activists Turn To Cellphones – Mitchell Landsberg

From Los Angeles Times:

In the cat-and-mouse game that characterizes political protest in China, the mice won a round this week. They did it by finding a new way to use a familiar technology.

Opponents of a chemical plant being built in the coastal city of Xiamen used cellphone text messaging to distribute widely their warning of dire consequences if the factory opened.

“Once this extremely poisonous chemical is produced, it means an atomic bomb will have been placed in Xiamen,” the text message said in Chinese. “The people of Xiamen will have to live with leukemia and deformed babies. We want our lives and health!” [Full Text]

See also ‘Green’ Protests Derail by Chinese Chemical Plant by Shai Oster.