14 Aug '11, 6am

Thousands protest over chemical plant in China

BEIJING: Thousands of protesters faced off with riot police in northeast China on Sunday to demand a chemical plant be relocated after a toxic pollution scare sparked urgent evacuations, state media said. Residents in the port city of Dalian gathered in front of the municipal government's office, shouting demands as hundreds of police looked on, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The protest was triggered by mounting fears over the safety of a factory that makes paraxylene -- a flammable carcinogenic liquid used in the production of polyester films and fabrics -- which belongs to the Fujia Group. On Monday, residents living near the plant had to be evacuated after waves triggered by an incoming storm breached a dyke protecting the factory and threatened to damage the building, sparking fears of a toxic chemical spill. Workers managed to repair the dyke, but resident...

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