Thousands Protest in Shanghai Suburb Over Chemical Plant Fears

28 Jun 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

China removes protesters of petrochemical plant.

SHANGHAI — Police in China’s financial hub Shanghai took away at least three busloads of environmental protesters outside the municipal government Saturday, preventing the latest rally that started with a rumor that a petrochemical plant could move into the area. Concerned with public health but shut out of decision-making, more affluent Chinese are increasingly taking to the streets to oppose potentially hazardous projects such as petrochemical plants. Thousands of residents in the Shanghai suburb of Jinshan have been protesting outside the district government during the past week following the rumor about the plant.

The Shanghai government announced Friday that it would cease any environmental assessment for the industrial zone — possibly meaning no new projects — and focus on cleaning up pollution.

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