From Reuters via ABC News:
China has denied there had been a new stand-off between residents and authorities in a troubled village where police opened fire on demonstrators protesting against a controversial power plant two years ago.
More than 1,000 riot police were sent into Dongzhou village in the southern province of Guangdong to guard a key electricity pylon of the plant and they fired tear gas on Thursday at several hundred protesters, US-funded Radio Free Asia reported. But Liu Jingmao, spokesman for the Shanwei city government overseeing Dongzhou, put the number of protesters at only “a few dozen” from a “tiny minority” of the villagers. “They were restrained throughout so there hasn’t been any clash,” he said. [Full Text]