Photos posted on Chinese social media sites show an angry crowd storming the government compound, ransacking offices and overturning cars. Residents in Qidong have said the proposed 110-kilometer (70-mile) pipeline would eventually release 150,000 tons of sewage into the sea nearby every day, contaminating a major fishing harbor and local water supply.
Oji Paper, the mill’s Japanese parent company, denied its discharge would cause pollution.
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