30 Jun '11, 12pm

Green Activists Feel Sting of Chinese Government Crackdown

Green Activists Feel Sting of Chinese Government Crackdown Even before this spring’s ominous clampdown on China’s public-interest lawyers, writers, and activists, the country’s fledgling environmental community felt the authorities’ noose tightening. by christina larson Seven years ago, China’s grassroots environmental activists won arguably their most remarkable victory. After a nationally coordinated, media-savvy anti-dam campaign, Premier Wen Jiabao responded in April 2004 by personally stepping in to suspend plans to dam China’s last free-flowing river, the Nujiang. With a nod to concerns that Chinese environmentalists had raised about the dam’s impact on local ecosystems, Wen asked that the plans be “seriously reviewed and decided scientifically.” Wen’s response was in stark contrast to the government’s approach in 1989 when anti-dam activist Dai Qing had been sent to...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/green_activists_feel_sting_o...

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