Posted by: mulrickillion | December 24, 2011

Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Chinese City

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Villagers gathered to protest in Haimen, China, on Friday. AP.

By Michael Wines, Dec 23, 2011 — BEIJING — Police officers fired tear gas at hundreds of protesters in Haimen city in southeastern China on Friday as a huge protest against the expansion of a coal-fired power plant persisted for a fourth day.

In an apparent effort to deter protesters, the authorities showcased two handcuffed and seemingly remorseful demonstrators on local television, Reuters news service reported. Other clips featured legal experts who warned that those who joined in protests could face up to five years in prison.

The videos underscored the difficulty authorities have had in controlling the demonstrations, which began Tuesday when thousands of people mobbed a government office and blocked a freeway in anger over the power plant. . . .

Residents of Haimen, a city of about 120,000 that is part of the major Pacific port of Shantou, complain that existing coal-fired plants have already polluted the air, spurred a rise in cases of cancer and damaged the local fishing industry. . . .

Haimen, China, Protesters Are Tear Gassed by Police – NYTimes.com

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