Protest in China against pollution by industry

Published: Friday 31 August 2007

In yet another incident of protest over pollution in China, thousands of villagers in Sichuan province protested a polluting brewery on July 29. The police clamped down on the protesters, a human rights group.

The protest in Yuanshi town was against the state-run China Resources (Shifang) Breweries Co that was dumping wastewater and contaminating sources of drinking water and irrigation. The clash injured 20 villagers, and seven were detained, said the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy.

Meanwhile, to deal with increasing pollution in the country, China has blacklisted 30 companies. The firms, ranging from food processors to paper-makers and steel industry, will be barred from receiving bank loans.

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