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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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