Thousands Protest Against S.China Chemical Plant – Benjamin Kang Lim

Three years ago, because of local chemical industry, Jiangsu province appeared “Cancer Village“(ÁôåÁóáÊùë). This year Guangdong province also reported a “Cancer Village.” What price will be paid for the economy development? When will the be stopped? Read more from the Reuters:

Thousands of protesters wearing gas masks and holding banners marched through a city in southeast China on Friday, demanding the government scrap, not just put off, plans to build a chemical plant, witnesses said.

The protest in Xiamen, a port city of about 1.5 million people, swelled to 20,000 at its peak, one witness told Reuters, prompting the government to block mobile phone text messages to stop residents from joining the demonstrations.

The city in the wealthy eastern province of Fujian announced on Wednesday it was suspending construction of a plant to make paraxylene (PX), a petrochemical that goes into polyester and fabrics. [Full Text]

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