Passions Cool after China Ant Aphrodisiac Protest – Reuters

An update of the Ant Farmers’ protest, via Reuters:

Tensions have eased after thousands of people in northeast China besieged government offices demanding help to get their money back from a get-rich-quick scheme to raise ants to make an aphrodisiac tonic.

Several thousand irate investors from across Liaoning, a rustbelt province striving to attract investment, demonstrated on the streets and surrounded the provincial government offices in the capital city Shenyang on Wednesday…

Chinese media have said the scheme collected more than 10 billion yuan from hundreds of thousands of Liaoning residents. Some reports said the ants were a useless ruse for an illegal fund-raising scam. [Full Text]

November 23, 2007, 7:47 PM
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