Sunday, 28 October 2012
Eco-protests halt chemical factory
ECO-PROTESTERS have halted the construction of a chemical factory in China with mass action against the global industrial machine.
Reports the BBC: "On Friday, crowds opposed to the expansion attacked police in the city of Ningbo in Zhejiang province.
"Officials from Ningbo's city government announced on Sunday evening that work on the project would now not go ahead.
"Environmental protests have become more common in China. They come ahead of a once-in-a-decade change of national leaders in Beijing.
"Protesters gathered again in Ningbo on Sunday, marching on the offices of the district government. They are opposed to the expansion of the plant by a subsidiary of the China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation."
"The huge growth in China's economy has come at a huge environmental cost. Many Chinese are becoming more environmentally aware and are deeply concerned about pollution, correspondents say."
The emergence and success of a powerful grassroots environmental movement in the world's most populated state will surely act as a massive inspiration for others across the world fighting the foul forces of greed and death.