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China jails pollution protesters: State media

Published on Feb 7, 2013 1:42 PM
 

SHANGHAI (AFP) - A Chinese court has jailed three people and given 13 others suspended sentences over their roles in a violent anti-pollution protest last year, state media said.

A court in Qidong on Wednesday sentenced the individuals, who were among thousands who protested against a planned waste water pipeline at a Japanese-owned factory last July, the official Xinhua news agency said.

China has seen a series of demonstrations against environmental pollution and planned industrial projects perceived as a threat to health in recent years.

Authorities have allowed protesters to take to the streets, but cracked down on participants for disrupting public order and damaging property.

 
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