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China: Thousands of Farmers Besieged Brewery To Protest Against Pollution

Posted by Author on July 30, 2007

By Chris Buckley, Reuters, Jul 29, 2007-

BEIJING, July 29 (Reuters) – Chinese farmers besieged a brewery to protest against pollution and being left out in the economic cold — common complaints in the China’s restive countryside — local people said on Sunday.

Villagers in the southwest province Sichuan blocked the gate of the brewery and a nearby road close to Shifang city on Thursday and Friday demanding that officials and executives resolve their grievances, locals told Reuters by phone.

“There’s been a lot of trouble,” said one villager who gave her family name as Huang. “They weren’t listening and so we blocked the road.”

The villagers’ complaints could not be verified and the brewery was not taking calls on Sunday.

But the protest was another sign that anger about environmental damage and economic inequality continue to fuel unrest while the ruling Communist Party promises a fairer “harmonious society”.

The Kong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, which often reports on unrest, said in a fax that hundreds of riot police dispersed the protest involving up to 5,000 people, with seven arrested and 20 injured.

Villagers told Reuters that protesters and onlookers reached one or two thousand in number despite heavy rain.

“It’s basically quelled now,” an official at the nearby Yuanshi town government told Reuters. He said several protestors had been detained and already released.

“It was mainly over water pollution. Five villages were polluted,” he said. He would not give his name.

Villagers said run-off from the brewery had damaged crops and tainted underground water that supplies wells.

They said there was also anger among farmers and employees about the recent sale of the brewery, which they claim a stake in. “They didn’t share the money with the farmers. It’s unfair,” said Huang. (… more details from Reuters report)

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