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Chinese residents protest against construction of aluminium plant

Metal News - Published on Thu, 16 Feb 2017

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South China Morning Post reported that fearing pollution, hundreds of residents in a northeastern Chinese city protested against the construction of an aluminium processing plant, ignoring warnings from authorities against disturbing social order.

Urban Chinese residents, angry about environmental degradation and hazardous smog, have become increasingly concerned about living near polluting factories, occasionally protesting against new projects.

Tens of thousands of “mass incidents” – the usual euphemism for protests – take place each year in China, triggered by corruption, pollution, illegal land grabs and other grievances.

In Daqing, residents took part in a protest against the planned building of an aluminium plant by a subsidiary of Zhongwang Holdings.

Photos and videos of a large crowd gathering in the car park outside the city government were circulated on Weibo on Tuesday, along with a hashtag asking Zhongwang to “please leave Daqing”.

Protesters shown in the photos held signs saying “Reject pollution, resist Zhongwang” and “Protect our homes”.

One eyewitness who gave his family name as Zhang said that “There are about 800 to 1,000 people protesting still against the aluminium plant.”

The protests took place despite a call by city officials for residents to “rationally” convey demands, warning that “illegal gatherings, defamation, rumours and other acts that disrupt social order” would be dealt by law.

The city government said in a post late Monday on its official microblog that “Everyone please be assured, if Daqing Zhongwang Aluminium’s project does not pass muster on environmental issues, then it absolutely will not advance further.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 16 Feb 2017
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