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Protest-hit China city says no plant without public support

Published on Apr 1, 2014 11:48 AM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A city in southern China which has been the site of violent protests against a proposed chemical plant said it will not go ahead with the project if a majority of residents object to it, as authorities seek to head off more unrest.

Photos posted on Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblog service, have showed hundreds of demonstrators marching along the streets over the past two days, an overturned car in flames and protesters laying bloodied on the road.

Others have showed lines of paramilitary police marching in formation.

In a statement posted late on Monday on its official Weibo account, the government of Maoming, in the wealthy coastal province of Guangdong, said the project was still far from being approved.

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