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China detains 18 over 'violent' chemical protests in Maoming

Published on Apr 3, 2014 6:32 PM
 
Demonstrators set fire to trash cans, as they protest against a chemical plant project, on a street in Maoming, Guangdong province, early on April 1, 2014. Chinese police have detained 18 people over large rallies opposing a chemical plant in Maoming, state-run media reported on Thursday, April 3, 2014, as locals said the protests had entered a fifth day. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese police have detained 18 people over large rallies opposing a chemical plant in Maoming, state-run media reported on Thursday, as locals said the protests had entered a fifth day.

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Maoming, in the southern province of Guangdong, for days of protests, some of them met with violence from police, locals told AFP.

Maoming's city government said it had detained 18 people for "assembling a crowd to disturb public order", the state-run People's Net reported, citing local authorities.

The charge is often used to detain protesters in China.

 
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