China protesters plead guilty over environment protest
BEIJING (AFP) - Fourteen people pleaded guilty to "inciting violence" in connection with demonstrations in eastern China last year against a factory waste water pipeline, state media said Thursday.
Police clashed with scores of protesters who stormed government buildings and damaged property in the coastal city of Qidong last July, in one of a series of environmental protests in China.
The proposals by the paper factory's Japanese owners, which demonstrators claimed would lead to sea pollution, were scrapped.
But the 14 defendants, who will be sentenced at a later date, "should be held responsible for their actions," prosecutors said Wednesday, according to a dispatch by Xinhua on Thursday.