Chinese Villagers Demand Release Of Detainees

By Salon Staff

Published December 24, 2011 9:36AM (EST)

BEIJING (AP) — A witness says residents have gathered outside the local government of a town in southern China to appeal for the release of people detained during demonstrations over a planned power plant expansion.

The witness says about 1,000 people took part in the peaceful event Saturday in Haimen, on China's southeastern coast. The witness, who refused to give his name, says protesters talked with local officials and started to disperse after about two hours.

The government's Xinhua News Agency says five people were detained during protests this week against plans to expand a power plant that residents say is polluting the town.

On Friday, police fired tear gas at protesters, who included elderly men and women.

Salon Staff

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