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Thousands of Protesters Broke into the Qidong City Government Building

On July 28, 2012, thousands of protesters in Qidong City, Jiangsu Province, held a large-scale mass demonstration against a pipeline construction project intended to discharge water piped away from a paper mill owned by Japan’s Oji Paper Co. The protesters broke into the government building and searched the offices for condoms, imported wine, and poker paraphernalia.

After the protest, the Qidong government stated on its website that it would “permanently halt” the water discharge project. However, the Qidong Municipal Public Security Bureau soon announced that it would retaliate against those who had participated in the protest and those who spread the news on the Internet.

Source: RFA, July 28, 2012