The Chinese government faces increasing discontent
Further illustrating our point below… China yesterday announced plans to swiftly close a chemical plant in Dalian, after virulent protesters clashed with the riot police and demanded for its relocation. The factory, which produces a toxic chemical component, had been inundated over the weekend and raised safety concerns among the locals. Activists refused to disarm until a clear timetable for relocation was spelt out.
This is a sign that environmental awareness, as well, is making its way. It is also the latest coup de force of an increasingly powerful social media - alleged as the main catalyst of Dalian’s protests.
Last week’s decision to halt all of China’s high-speed rail projects, in the wake of a deadly train crash last month, had already showed that public discontent could find ways to by-pass censorship and derail even the most cherished of government’s plans.