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NIMBY Protest Watch: Tear Gas Used in Ningbo

Another month, another NIMBY protest in China.

Following the similar protests in Shifang and Qidong earlier this year, people in the coastal city of Ningbo have taken to the streets to urge the local authorities to call off a controversial project that may impact the environment.

Protesters object to the proposed capacity expansion by Zhenhai Refining & Chemical Company, which is a subsidiary of Sinopec, one of China’s largest state-owned oil companies. 

As in the case of Shifang and Qidong, mass protests by urban residents with photos splashed all over social media seem to spur local governments into action. The People’s Daily reports that the local authorities in Ningbo will soon hold a forum to discuss the project with concerned citizens. 

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Rachel Lu

Rachel Lu is a co-founder of Tea Leaf Nation. Rachel traces her ancestry to Southern China. She spent much of her childhood memorizing Chinese poetry. After long stints in New York, New Haven and Cambridge, she has returned to China to bear witness to its great transformation. She is currently based in China.
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  • Shally

    No. it is not that simple. In china, you dont see any news about this PX program on any paper or TV. It is blocked. And what’s happening in Ningbo is horrible. 3 students died already. Thousands of military arrived in Ningbo already. I dont even know how to describe it. It is not humanitarian. Ningbo is lovely city. People are nice, calm, polite and open-mined. But the GM is not. The local media did nothing but keep silence. We keep hope on foreign media. This is not civilized what’s happening now in Ningbo! I have never ever hated the GM like this moment!

  • Shally

    No. it is not that simple. In china, you dont see any news about this PX program on any paper or TV. It is blocked. And what’s happening in Ningbo is horrible. 3 students died already. Thousands of military arrived in Ningbo already. I dont even know how to describe it. It is not humanitarian. Ningbo is lovely city. People are nice, calm, polite and open-mined. But the GM is not. The local media did nothing but keep silence. We keep hope on foreign media. This is not civilized what’s happening now in Ningbo! I have never ever hated the GM like this moment!