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China factory plan draws protests

Demonstration in eastern city turns violent

BEIJING — Thousands of people in an eastern Chinese city clashed with police at a protest on the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory that they fear will spew pollution and damage public health, residents said Saturday.

It was the latest in a string of protests in China this year because of fears of health risks from industrial projects, as members of the rising middle class become more outspoken against environmentally risky projects.

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