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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Shifang Protest Shifang Protest Government of Shifangand Sichuan Hongda Co. Ltd. Government of Shifangand Sichuan Hongda Co. Ltd. Smelting and refining copper producestoxic byproducts such as arsenic,mercury and sulfur dioxide. Residentsworried that these pollutants couldenter the air and water. Actions Actions Shifang was heavily impacted duringthe earthquake in Sichuan during2008. As a result, partof the city's efforts torevive the economy included theSichuan Hongda Company's copper smeltingplant. Its construction was intendedto accelerate economic growth bycreating thousands of jobs. 什邡事件 Protesters consisted of Shifang residentsand residents of surrounding areas.Students made up a significantnumber of protesters. The Shifang Protest was a major environmental protest in Sichuan province.Protesters were against a copper plant that posed potential environmental and health risks.The protest lasted from July 1 to 3, 2012 with thousands of participants The government did not fullydisclose information about the potentialenvironmental issues. Only the shortenedversion about the plant's reportthat didn't have information ofthe waste was released. *resources - Wikipedia Residents had filed petitions againstthe project but authorities tookno action and construction ofthe copper plant began onJune 29, 2012. Two dayslater, hundreds of protesters thatwere students demonstrated in frontof government buildings and onthe streets. Protesters were reportedto having turned violent withdemonstrators flipping police cars andhurling bricks into government buildings.Police were dispatched to endthe protests. They fired stungrenades and tear gas, andthey arrested twenty-sevenpeople. The police had exercisedgreat restraint in dealing withthe protest, as reported byauthorities. Aftermath Aftermath The Protesters The Protesters The local government declared on July 3,2012 that construction of the plant wouldcease. They also released twenty-one ofthe arrested protesters. The remaining wouldface criminal charges. By Ken By Ken
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