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BEIJING -- Police clashed with thousands of villagers who
protested after a brewery polluted local water supplies, a human
rights groups said. It said seven protesters were detained and 20
The paramilitary People's Armed Police moved in to break up the
protest in Yuanshi, a town in the southwestern province of Sichuan,
according to the Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights
Villagers protested after China Resources (Shifang) Breweries Co.
dumped waste water, contaminating supplies used for drinking and farm
irrigation, the center said. It cited unidentified sources.
Seven people were detained and 20 injured in Yuanshi, on the
outskirts of the city of Shifang, the report said.
Employees who answered the phone at the Yuanshi and Shifang police
headquarters and Shifang city hall refused to give any information.
Calls to the brewery were not answered.
The Information Center is run by Frank Lu, a veteran political
activist who has for many years been a reliable source of information
on protests and political activities in China.
The incident came amid a string of protests in areas throughout
China over pollution of farmland and water supplies by factories,
chemical plants and other industrial projects.
In June, authorities in the southeastern city of Xiamen suspended
plans to build a petrochemical plant after residents used the
Internet and mobile phones to circulate complaints about possible
pollution and health dangers.
The brewery in Yuanshi is owned by state-run China Resources
Enterprises Ltd., which has shares traded in Hong Kong, according to
the Information Center.
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