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China: Halt to plant expansion doesn't stop protests

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China: Halt to plant expansion doesn't stop protests


People who are against the expansion of a chemical plant in China, say they are wary despite Sunday’s announcement that the plan would be shelved.

Protesters gathered outside government offices in northeastern city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province, saying they do not trust that the expansion will not be revived at a later date.

The plant enlargement would have been for a subsidiary of China’s largest oil refiner Sinopec.

Environmental activists are arguing that the new facility would produce a carcinogen used for manufacturing polystyrene.

A week of protests before Sunday’s announcement culminated in violent clashes on Saturday, when thousands of people turned up at the site of the proposed plant.

These latest demonstrations are part of a growing movement of environmental activism in China.

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