Volume 92 Issue 14 | p. 9 | News of The Week
Issue Date: April 7, 2014

Chinese Citizens Protest p-Xylene Plant

Demonstrations are latest against the polyester intermediate chemical
Department: Business
Keywords: protest, p-xylene, China, pollution, petrochemical, aromatic

Protests against plans to build a p-xylene plant turned violent last week in the southern China city of Maoming. The protests were the latest by the Chinese public against a chemical that has come to symbolize the risks associated with chemical production.

Police arrested 19 demonstrators on March 30 who were part of a small and initially peaceful demonstration that attracted 80 people, according to a Mao­ming government statement. Amateur videos posted on YouTube indicate . . .

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