31 October 2012
BBC Monitoring Asia Pacific
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According to the Hong Kong Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy (30 October), a Hong Kong-based fax service which reports on dissidence, about 5,000 armed police reinforcements sent in from other areas since 27 October have not been withdrawn from Ningbo as the authorities are still concerned about a possible mass rally or protest over a Sinopec plant expansion plan. It was reported that the Ningbo protest may reach a climax again this weekend as people from Shanghai, Hangzhou, and other areas may join the protest. More than 200 protesters, some of them elderly, were beaten by the special and armed police during the five-day clash over the plant expansion.
Source: Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Hong Kong, in Chinese 30 Oct 12