China project axed after protest
06:50 Mon Jul 30, 2012
Report by: BBC News
Authorities in China say a project to build a waste water pipeline in the city of Qidong has been scrapped after a protest over pollution.
Demonstrators took to the streets of the city, north of Shanghai, and ransacked local government offices.
They said the pipeline, proposed as part of a paper-making company, would pollute their coastal waters.
China has seen rising anger about environmental damage after three decades of rapid economic growth.
The thousands of protesters overturned cars as well as storming the local government offices and throwing documents from the windows.
Items which the protesters allege are often received as bribes by officials – such as wine – were also seized from the offices, reports say.
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