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Protest Against China Power Plant Ends After Government Promise

Protesters opposing the expansion of a power plant in Haimen town near Shantou city in southern China dispersed after the local government assured suspension of work on the project, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The campaigners dispersed about 6 p.m. yesterday after the government also said it would release detained villagers, Xinhua said, without citing anyone. A party official from Shantou promised that the project would be permanently shelved, Hong Kong’s Sing Tao Daily reported today, citing eyewitnesses.

Protests began early this week when about 500 people from Haimen blocked a highway to oppose the plant, which they say is hurting people’s health and killing fish. Separately, officials in nearby Guangdong province reached agreement this week to end a two-week protest over a land dispute by villagers in Wukan.

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