Kunming ex-official, 91, an unlikely leader for farmers fighting land seizures

As many as 10,000 people turned up at the May 13 gathering in Kunming, but media were reportedly banned from covering it. Photo: Screenshot via Weibo

Villagers angered by government land seizures in Yunnan province heed the rally cry of former official Yang Weijun, who in May blasted corrupt officials during a massive gathering. “We can overcome these feudal corrupt forces," he had said.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Kunming to release environment report after protests over petrochemical plant

Kunming mayor Li Wenrong. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Kunming mayor Li Wenrong said the government will listen to comments and communicate with residents about their concerns over the project and repeated a pledge to cancel it if people do not want it, the official People’s Daily said.

3 Jun 2013 - 12:48pm

Governments toughen stance on environmental protesters amid Kunming, Chengdu actions

Demonstrators display posters reading "Kunming PX" in a rally against a planned paraxylene plant.

Growth-obsessed local governments have become more sophisticated at handling rising environmental protests on the mainland, as recent cases against controversial chemical projects in southwestern cities Kunming and Chengdu show.

20 May 2013 - 7:20am

China news round-up: Kunming residents take to the streets, CCTV airs anti-Dalai Lama film

Kunming residents protest against a petrochemical project, May 16, 2013. Photo provided by an anonymous protester

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29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Hundreds join second protest in Kunming over oil refinery

Four protesters go behind the backs of rows of police outside the government headquarters in Kunming to express their opposition to a new petrochemical plant. Photo: AFP

Hundreds defied police orders and took to the streets of Yunnan's provincial capital Kunming yesterday to protest against an oil refinery project. Ignoring warnings that any gathering would be illegal, they started congregating near the provincial government headquarters at about 10am despite a heavy police presence.

17 May 2013 - 11:26am

Several arrests as Kunming protest over petrochemical plant ends

Scene from the protest. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hundreds gathered outside government offices on Thursday morning to protest against plans for a petrochemical plant, in the second major public display against the project.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Officials vow to stop rally over Kunming chemical plant

Demonstrators display banners during a protest against plans for a factory which will produce paraxylene (PX), a toxic petrochemical used to make fabris, in Kunming. Photo: AFP

The authorities in Yunnan's provincial capital, Kunming, have attempted to thwart a big rally planned for Thursday to protest against a petrochemical refinery and a related paraxylene (PX) plant in nearby Anning , warning such a gathering would be illegal.

14 May 2013 - 4:41am

Kunming residents sceptical after 'chemical plant still at planning stage'

Photo: AFP

Kunming moved to allay public anger over a controversial chemical project yesterday by claiming it was still in the planning stage. But the announcement was met with scepticism, with residents planning a large protest next week.

8 May 2013 - 5:41am

Kunming residents rally against chemical plant

Residents wearing masks hold posters with slogans including 'PX get out of Kunming' as they protest against a planned refinery. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds protested in Kunming, Yunnan province, but a march in Chengdu, Sichuan province, was prevented by police. The rallies were timed to coincide with the anniversary of the May 4 student demonstrations in Beijing in 1919.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:57pm

Train driver killed, another injured in freak accident on Kunming subway

Train driver killed, another injured in freak accident on Kunming subway

A train driver was killed and another injured in a derailment yesterday during a test run on the second subway line in Kunming, Yunnan province.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

Passengers stuck in Kunming airport run riot

Tempers run high with more than 10,000 passengers stranded in Kunming airport, some for up to three days. Photo: SCMP

Chaos reigned at one of the mainland's newest airports at the weekend after heavy fog stranded more than 10,000 passengers in Kunming, Yunnan province, for up to three days.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:28am 1 comment

Thousands stuck in Kunming airport as China freezes

Stranded travellers argue with police at Changshui International Airport in Kunming on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Thousands of angry passengers were stranded after heavy fog delayed flights at a Chinese airport early on Saturday, as the country was shivered through its coldest weather in almost three decades.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China Digest, September 22, 2012


'Love capital' ambitions

22 Sep 2012 - 3:32am

Ministry cites SOEs for 'serious' rail flaws

The Ministry of Railways has cited several Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) over 'serious' quality and safety flaws in 12 mainland rail lines.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

7 nurses victims of hospital violence

In two separate and unrelated incidents on Tuesday night, seven nurses at hospitals in Shanghai and the southwestern city of Kunming were attacked by angry fathers upset at the way their children had been cared for - the latest in a series of confrontations underscoring tensions between medical staff and patients.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:56pm