23 Oct '12, 7pm

1,000 protest new coal plant in China as U.S. coal exports near record high

1,000 protest new coal plant in China as U.S. coal exports near record high

In Yinggehai, China, 1,000 people resumed a series of protests last week aimed at halting construction of a nearby coal plant. From The Guardian : People protesting against the building of a coal-fired power plant in a southern Chinese town threw bricks at police who fired volleys of teargas and detained dozens in the country’s latest environmental dispute, residents say. … In Yinggehai, a round of protests took place in April when the plant project was first announced. Authorities then moved the project to another Hainan town, but it drew strong opposition there and officials returned to their original plan … A Hong Kong-based rights group, the Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, said 50 people had been arrested and almost 100 injured in the protests over the 3.9bn renminbi [$624 million] plant. As its economy has expanded, China has needed to rapidly expan...

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