Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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Web user punished for accusation of spreading rumors during Qidong protest

Posted: 30 Jul 2012 12:28 AM PDT

Web user punished for accusation of spreading rumors during Qidong protest

A web user, surnamed Sun, was sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention by Qidong public security bureau, for the accusation that she spread rumors such as “police stamped a person to death” online.

According to Qidong public security bureau, Sun, female, 28, posted on the Internet that “Nantong Police stamped a 9-year-old girl to death, and in the afternoon beat another 18-year-old undergraduate to death” on July 28, 2012, when Qidong residents held a massive protest against a government-run pipeline project intended to channel waste water from a paper mill to the sea.

The public security’s notice states, “Sun’s behavior is in violation of the Article No. 25 of the Public Security Administration Punishments Law of the People’s Republic of China regarding the stipulations of ‘spreading rumors, fabricating facts, or inciting disturbances of public order in other ways,” the public security organ thus imposes a penalty of administrative detention for 10 days and a fine of 500 yuan.”

Wastewater project halted following massive protest in eastern China

Posted: 29 Jul 2012 10:56 PM PDT

Wastewater projects abandoned after massive protest

The local government of the port city of Qidong, near Shanghai, was forced to halt a government-run pipeline construction project intended to channel waste water away from a paper mill owned by Japan's Oji Paper Co., after the local residents held a massive protest outside the municipal government compound on Saturday.

The photographs circulating on Sina Weibo show that angry protesters occupied the government building, overturned the police cars, and ransacked the government offices where they found condoms and expensive liquor too.

Wastewater projects abandoned after massive protest

The dramatic image below displays that helmet-clad police attempted to form a “human ocean” to contain the protesters, but they were in turn surrounded by the ocean of people from Qidong.

Wastewater projects abandoned after massive protest

And the city mayor was on the run, after he was stripped of his shirt and forced to wear the protest t-shirt.

Qidong is a city that sits on the mouth of the Yangtze River. Protesters are angry because they concern that the city’s drinking water will be polluted and the fishing industry will be harmed when the wasterwater is discharged into the sea.

Qidong’s massive protest came just weeks after a similar demonstration erupted in Shifang county, Sichuan province which had turned bloody and ultimately forced the local government to drop a chemical plant too.

But Qidong protest was better prepared. And despite the fact that students and their parents were demanded by the schools not to support or take part in the planned protest earlier, plenty of people still turned up to fight against the government.

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