Thousands protest in Shanghai suburb over chemical plant fears

28 Jun 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

China halts rally over chemical-plant rumor.

Chinese police stand next to a roped-off plaza near the Shanghai Museum in Shanghai, Saturday, June 27, 2015. 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 on Friday that it will cease environmental assessment for the industrial zone — possibly meaning no new project — and focus on cleaning up pollution.

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