Protests against chemical plant in China continue

Protests against chemical plant in China continue

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People in southern China are protesting against a proposed chemical plant in the region. The recent protests have now been spread all the way to the provincial capital of Guangzhou on April 1, 2014, despite the fact that authorities have mentioned that they might halt their construction plans in order to avoid further unrest in the region.

Kunming protest

It has been reported that public anger is increasing after some graphic pictures appeared on Chinese social networks at the beginning of the week which show demonstrators in the city of Maoming, which is the location of the new plant. The pictures show demonstrators lying covered in blood on the streets. Hundreds of protestors from Maoming poured into the streets on March 30, 2014.

The protest has been announced against the plant producing paraxylene, which is a petrochemical that is used in producing fabric, as well as plastic bottles. On April 1, 2014, protestors announced the renewal of the calls for the end of the latest chemical plant project and also justice for people who were reportedly hurt or killed by the hands of paramilitary police on March 30, 2014.

On the other hand, the government has explained that no one has been killed during demonstrations on March 30, 2014, but did not mention if anyone was hurt. Two protestors claimed that two people have been killed and several people have been hurt, but the exact number of casualties has not been mentioned.

Photo Credits: Guardian