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Chinese media deny reports of deaths at chemical plant protest

Published on Apr 3, 2014 4:39 PM
 
People run as riot police officers (back) try to disperse protesters against a chemical plant project in Maoming, Guangdong province on March 31, 2014. Reports that police killed 15 people and injured more than 300 during protests in southern China last weekend are false, the website of The People's Daily, the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper, said on Thursday, April 3, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Reports that police killed 15 people and injured more than 300 during protests in southern China last weekend are false, the website of The People's Daily, the ruling Communist Party's official newspaper, said on Thursday.

Two people were injured during the demonstration on Sunday against a chemical plant in the southern city of Maoming, the newspaper's investigation found. No one was killed.

It said a small number of "criminals" set fire to a police car and destroyed storefronts and advertisements. Reports of armoured vehicles entering the city were false, it said.

Hong Kong media reported another demonstration over the plant on Thursday, with about 20 people protesting in the nearby city of Shenzhen. The reports said the protesters were quickly taken away in police cars.

 
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