China: Govt. may halt Sinopec's plan to build chemical plant in Maoming after protests over health concerns

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1 April 2014

Anger in China at brutality in chemical plant protests

Author: Megha Rajagopalan & Ben Blanchard, Reuters

Protests against a proposed chemical plant in…Guangdong spread…even as authorities signaled they may back down on construction plans…Public anger has grown since graphic photos surfaced on Chinese social networks…showing demonstrators…lying bloodied on the streets as rows of paramilitary police marched in formation…The images…could not be independently verified by Reuters…[Many] were later removed by censors…Protesters…renewed calls for an end to the chemical plant project, as well as justice for those who they believe were hurt or killed at the hands of paramilitary police…The government said no one was killed in demonstrations…and did not mention whether anyone was hurt. Two protesters disputed the claim, telling Reuters that several people were killed and dozens hurt, though they did not know the exact number of casualties…China's Ministry of Public Security did not respond to requests for comment…The plant would be owned by the local government and state-controlled Sinopec Corp…

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1 April 2014

China Protests Seen Halting Sinopec Chemicals Plant

Author: Benjamin Haas, Bloomberg

Construction of a paraxylene, or PX, plant in Maoming city will not go ahead if a majority of residents oppose it, the official Xinhua News Agency reported…citing a city official…More than 1,000 residents protested…in opposition to the plant being built by the local government and Sinopec Maoming Co., a unit of state-owned…Sinopec Group…Photos of the demonstration…showed an overturned car on the street and a crowd of people raising clenched fists…“There is no doubt the paraxylene projects are not very popular in China now,” Wang Zhiqing, chairman of Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co., said at a press conference…The company is conducting a feasibility study on building a 1 million-metric-ton PX project at its own industrial park near Shanghai, Wang said. The refinery in Maoming was slated to produce 600,000 tons, according to the Maoming Municipal Economic and Trade Bureau. Lv Dapeng, a…spokesman for Sinopec Group, didn’t answer two calls…seeking comment.

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Author: 田耕、董樂,BBC中文網

廣東省茂名市就興建芳烴(PX)項目抗議事件表示,如絕大多數群眾反對,茂名政府部門決不會違背民意進行決策。茂名市…發生反對興建PX項目抗議示威,公安與示威者之間爆發嚴重暴力衝突。在“微博”上出現的圖片顯示…有示威者滿身鮮血躺在路上…武警列陣應對…茂名市政府新聞發言人說…該項目目前僅是科普階段,離啟動為時尚早…承諾…聽取公眾意見再進行決策…茂名市政府發表聲明…指出…事件中沒有人員死亡…《環球時報》報導說…公安曾經使用催淚瓦斯驅散示威者…社評說:“政府對PX以及重化工項目的立項過程必須公開透明,嚴格依法依規依程序。只要是做到了這一切的項目,決不能一遇到反對聲就倉皇撤銷,為了一地的所謂“維穩”而衝擊全國的法治秩序。

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Author: 田耕、董乐,BBC中文网

广东省茂名市就兴建芳烃(PX)项目抗议事件表示,如绝大多数群众反对,茂名政府部门决不会违背民意进行决策。茂名市…发生反对兴建PX项目抗议示威,公安与示威者之间爆发严重暴力冲突。在“微博”上出现的图片显示…有示威者满身鲜血躺在路上…武警列阵应对…茂名市政府新闻发言人说…该项目目前仅是科普阶段,离启动为时尚早…承诺…听取公众意见再进行决策…茂名市政府发表声明…指出…事件中没有人员死亡…《环球时报》报道说…公安曾经使用催泪瓦斯驱散示威者…社评说:“政府对PX以及重化工项目的立项过程必须公开透明,严格依法依规依程序。只要是做到了这一切的项目,决不能一遇到反对声就仓皇撤销,为了一地的所谓“维稳”而冲击全国的法治秩序。

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25 March 2014

ZTE did not respond to: Ethiopian Govt. use of their tech to monitor political opponents

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