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Hundreds demonstrate against chemical plant in China

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Hundreds of protesters in Guangdong province, China, demonstrated against a paraxylene plant on Sunday.

AFP reports that Maoming City government condemned the demonstration, in which “no one” among the "troublemakers" died when order was restored.

Pictures posted on Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo purportedly show a bloodied, motionless man, though this and other claims of brutality have not been independently verified, according to the report.

The material made at the plant, paraxylene, is a flammable, carcinogenic material used in some polyester products. The plant is owned by the state-owned Sinopec Corp.

According to The Guardian, pictures indicating brutality towards protesters have been removed by censors, and though the city claims that nobody was killed when the protest was put down, it did not say whether or not there were injuries.

Image: telegraph.co.uk

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