Posted by Jeremy Goldkorn on Friday, June 1, 2007 at 11:33 AM
In recent weeks, Xiamen resident have become vocal in their opposition to the construction of the plant because they object to the pollutants the plant will emit. Residents complain that even though the construction is not yet finished, they can already smell industrial odors.
• Journalist and blogger Lian Yue has been following the story closely, but his blog is unavailable at the time of writing, apparently owing to heavy traffic.
• Zoula, who calls himself China's first citizen reporter is at the demonstration, and sending live updates from his mobile phone to his Twitter web page. Apparently, demonstrators are calling for Xiamen's mayor to step down.
• The video below by was shot today and uploaded by 'starflame' to 56.com. There is also a downloadable video of the demonstration on Tsinhua University's New SMTH BBS (no permalink). There is also a video on Youtube of the demonstrators in front of the city hall.
• Xiamen University's BBS has no information about the demonstration, probably by order of the university authorities (link not currently loading).
• Singapore's Morning Post (联合早报) has a BBS where people are currently posting reports from the demonstration.
• A popular Xiamen BBS website XMfish.com has a statement on its home page saying that it was temporarily closed on May 29.
• Imagethief has more about the demonstrators use of mobile phone messages to organize, and links to Chinese and Western media reports about the demonstration.
EVENING UPDATE 18:30:
According to a posting on New SMTS, the demonstrators left the city hall around lunchtime and marched to Xiamen University, where they stood outside the gate thinking that students would come out and join them.
But the students had apparently been warned not to take part, and none of them emerged.
ESWN has translated an article from Southern Weekly (南方周末): Xiamen Calls An Abrupt Halt to the PX Project to Deal with the Public Crisis. He also has translated various articles about Chinese Academy of Sciences member Zhao Yufen, who is also a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and has been arguing against the construction of the plant.
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