Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By The Epoch Times - China
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Mass Protests Force Scrapping of Chemical Plant in Chinese City

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

For several days residents in Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, have been protesting against plans for a chemical factory producing p-Xylene in Zhenhai County, Ningbo. (

Residents in a Chinese coastal province tried to block the expansion of a chemical factory with massive protests over multiple days recently, despite harsh police suppression and a media blackout. 

The protest had paid off by Sunday, when officials announced that they would cancel the project.

The plant, proposed to be built in Ningbo, a major port city in the eastern Zhejiang Province, is a subsidiary of the China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, a major state-run oil company, and makes para-Xylene, a hazardous industrial solvent. The U.S. Center for Disease Control notes: “Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment.”  

The protests, during which riot police fired tear gas at thousands of residents, began Oct. 21 and continued into the evening of Oct. 28. 

The BBC reported that authorities agreed to halt the plant expansion, though citizens greeted the news with mistrust, according to The Associated Press. “There is very little public confidence in the government,” protester Liu Li told AP. “Who knows if they are saying this just to make us leave and then keep on doing the project,” she added.

A local resident named Liao told the Epoch Times, “We do not want chemical industries in Zhenhai. There are chemical companies all over Zhenhai already and now the authorities are allowing another toxic one in. There is no way we can survive like this. We also have to think about our children!” 

Eyewitnesses described a dangerous scene. A protester who was arrested on Oct. 24 told The Epoch Times, “The protesters in front of the district government demanded to talk to the authorities. Only one came to talk to us and we blocked traffic in the front of the government offices. Later they ordered the police to expel us. More than 200 policemen came. They arrested 14 people at 3 p.m. on Oct. 24, seven men and seven women. Many were hurt. Of those arrested, five were released on bail. We don’t know where the other nine are. The riot police were violent. When we resisted arrest, they punched us.” 

Armed police came out in force on the evening of Oct. 28, the day after the regime announced that the plant would be scrapped. (

The protester continued, explaining the treatment received: “There are many bloody bruises on my neck. My lips were bleeding. The police punched my head and forced me to squat on the ground. They forced me into a police vehicle. I began to vomit because of my head injury and no one did anything. They did not allow me to talk or make phone calls. Later they held me in Luotuo Police Station,” the protester said. 

Protesters displayed banners on Oct. 25 saying, “We want to live. Protect our homes and kick out poison. P-Xylene leave Zhenhai. Give us a clean city!”

Ningbo democratic activist Dai Jianwei told NTD, a Chinese-language television station, that the crowd was peaceful on Oct. 27, and some middle-aged and elderly residents were telling the police about the dangers of P-Xylene, especially to children.

When UK journalist Angus Walker with ITV news arrived, the locals gathered around in support. (

Mr. Hu, a shopkeeper near the center of the protests, told The Epoch Times that he saw tens of thousands of protesters in the streets. “Everyone is chanting, “PX get out of Ningpo, we want to live, we want to be healthy,” said Hu. He said the state media has not reported any of the unrest, and authorities have told people they will be fired for taking part in the protests. Mr. Hu was later arrested, according to The Epoch Times’ sources.

Protesters applauded and wept when they saw English reporter Angus Walker, a journalist with ITV news, at the scene, according to a post on Weibo which was later blocked. 

“I was just there. When foreign media appeared, applause lasted for a long time and a lot of people, including a military guy 30 feet away, had tears in their eyes,” according to a local resident writing on Weibo.

Another netizen, in Shanghai, wrote: “When Chinese people greet foreign journalists with tears and ask for help from ‘foreign army’ to save them, our media industry is dead and our government is the same.” 

Read the original Chinese article.

[email protected]

The Epoch Times publishes in 35 countries and in 19 languages. Subscribe to our e-newsletter.

Click to read about the most recent developments in the ongoing crisis within the Chinese communist regime. In this special topic, we provide readers with the necessary context to understand the situation. Get the RSS feed. Who are the Major Players?


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation.

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)

Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen!

Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.

Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%! (See Video).

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.