Ningbo City to Stop Expanding Chemical Plant?
The Associated Press reported on October 28,
that tens of thousands of people protested on Sunday against expanding a chemical plant in eastern China’s city.
Local authorities finally gave in and agreed to stop the project.
The report states that the scale of the protest was expanded,
with protesters and police having conflicts during the protest.
Ningbo City government said in a statement Sunday evening,
that project investors agreed not to expand the factory.
Lots of protesters were outside the government building,
and an official tried to read out the statement with a speaker.
However, his voice was drowned out by protestors’ yelling
of requiring the mayor to step down.
Finally, people had a brief cheer, and required the authority
to release the arrested protesters.
AP believes, the protest in this politically sensitive period
places a lot of pressure on the Ningbo City government, while the higher officials need social stability.
It is not clear if local officials will truly stop this project,
or if they will restart the project when the pressure lessens.
NY Times Removes Front Page’ Wen Jiabao Report
New York Times published a front-page article about family
corruption of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on October 26.
It soon became the focus of all media.
However, this report was removed.
The Epoch Times claims the news can be back read
in the Chinese news website of New York Times from 23rd.
There is no reason as to why the report
doesn’t show up on recent pages.
Overseas Chinese media took note
of this strange to them news disappearance.
Petitioners Blocked From Beijing
Epoch Times reports, Shanghai government is using every
means to prevent petitioners from going to Beijing before the 18th Party Congress.
Many petitioners were put under house arrest,
monitored day and night.
Mrs. Qin Rongmei is a 60-year-old veteran petitioner
living in Shanghai City.
She’s been appealing for over 10 years
because of forced house demolition.
Qin told the Epoch Times via a phone interview on the 28th,
that 12 people were dispatched by community officials.
Qin is under watch and their intent is to stop her
from going to Beijing to appeal.
Qin Rongmei: “They watched me as if I were a prisoner.”
She added that the Shanghai authority promised
to give each veteran petitioner 40 to 50 thousand RMB.
A stability maintenance fee to stop the appeal petitions.
But Qin received nothing. Officials had pocketed the money.
Another petitioner Lu Ying, who escaped from detention,
said that over 500 petitioners like her are on the blacklist.
Most of them are under house arrest.
Lu says she’s just an old woman,
but the government also sent 12 people to monitor her.
There are so many petitioners in Shanghai,
how many people do they need to dispatch?
Lu Ying: “In order to prevent us from appealing,
the government is wasting so much of the people’s money.”