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Protest against new chemical plant spreads to Guangzhou

Published on Apr 1, 2014 5:54 PM
 
 A man (centre) raises a placard which reads: "Oppose PX (paraxylene petrochemicals), give me back my pure land", as he and other residents protest against a chemical plant project in Maoming, Guangdong province, on March 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Protests against a proposed chemical plant in southern China spread to the provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday, even as authorities signalled they may back down on their construction plans in attempt to head off more unrest.

Public anger has grown after graphic photos surfaced on Chinese social networks early this week, showing demonstrators in the nearby city of Maoming - the location of the proposed plant - lying bloodied on the streets as rows of paramilitary police marched in formation.

On Sunday, hundreds of Maoming residents poured into the streets protesting against the plant producing paraxylene, a petrochemical used in making fabric and plastic bottles, and environmental degradation.

Protesters in the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou on Tuesday renewed calls for an end to the chemical plant project, as well as justice for those who they believe were hurt or killed at the hands of paramilitary police on Sunday.

 
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