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Shifang party boss axed after pollution protest

Residents gather in front of a government building in Shifang county, Sichuan province, on July 2. Photo: Reuters

The party secretary of Shifang – which was was rocked by angry protests in July – has been replaced by a former Shifang mayor, a local government website announced on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 30 October, 2012, 9:23pm

Cracks in China's stability drive

Cracks in China's stability drive

With the 18th Communist Party congress just around the corner, the government is doing everything in its power to create a picture of harmony to welcome the country's incoming leaders. But the almost non-stop outbreak of mass protests this year is severely testing its "stability maintenance" efforts.

14 Aug 2012 - 10:57am

A wake-up call for the environment

Increasing environmental awareness and militancy is testing mainland authorities' efforts to maintain stable development and social harmony ahead of a once-in-a-decade leadership change. Twice within a month violent protests that would have been put down in the past have resulted in officials backing down.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Anti-pollution people power is good for growth

Chalk it up as another victory for popular protest. On Saturday, thousands of aggrieved citizens gathered in the coastal city of Qidong in Jiangsu to demonstrate against plans to build a pipeline discharging industrial waste into the sea.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Pupils harassed over plant protest in Qidong

Authorities in Qidong city, Jiangsu, were accused of harassing teenagers to stop them from joining a planned demonstration this Saturday against the building of a sewage plant.

25 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Post-90s generation speaks up

Thousands of students, supported by their parents and teachers and mobilising through online social media, played a central role in the recent protests against plans for a heavy-metal plant in Shifang , Sichuan province.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A community blighted by pollution

In a ward at the People's No 2 Hospital in Shifang , 37-year-old peasant Yin Yanjun told a student 21 years his junior: 'I'm sure you guys have never experienced a real blue sky in Shifang .'

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Defining dissent

The mass protest in Shifang, Sichuan, this month over an infrastructure project feared to be polluting was not new. Similar concerns also mobilised residents in Xiamen in Fujian, Panyu in Guangdong, and Dalian in Liaoning. Like in these earlier protests, the people of Shifang won a victory, at least temporarily, when officials agreed to suspend the project.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rumours fuel new protests in Shifang

The Sichuan city of Shifang saw renewed protests over a heavy-metal plant yesterday, as hundreds of people returned to express outrage over the handling of earlier demonstrations.

9 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

New post 'won't shift blame' for police action

Appointing a first party secretary to Shifang in Sichuan may not help the city address residents' discontent over its handling of plans - now scrapped - to build a heavy-metal processing plant, analysts said.

7 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

City keeps rein on protest students

High schools in the Sichuan city of Shifang have delayed holidays for more than 1,000 pupils until at least tomorrow, following violent protests early this week against the construction of a heavy-metal processing plant. Students reportedly initiated the protests.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Clean growth is the lesson of Shifang

Environmental protection is shaping up alongside official corruption as an issue with the potential to undermine the political legitimacy of Communist Party rule. The increasing sensitivity of the authorities to public opinion attests to that.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Factory axed as Shifang heeds protesters' calls

Authorities in the Sichuan city of Shifang said yesterday they would scrap plans to build a heavy-metal processing plant after violent clashes between tens of thousands of anti-pollution protesters and riot police escalated for a third day.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rally of thousands forces factory halt

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets, some of whom besieged the city government headquarters in Shifang, Sichuan, yesterday, smashing police cars and clashing with thousands of anti-riot police on the second day of protests against a factory they say will poison the city.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Media group Shifang to boost mainland interests

Media group Shifang Holding said it would continue expanding co-operation with newspapers in the second and third-tier cities on the mainland, believing the price of advertising in print in these cities would maintain double-digit growth this year.

8 Apr 2011 - 12:00am