Lufeng and Daan - More Protests, More Cities Disappear From Sina Weibo
On July 3, 2012, the Hong Kong based Oriental Daily reported:
Yesterday evening thousands of villagers in Lufeng, Shanwei in Guangdong held a large demonstration in front of the township government to express their dissatisfaction over local officials colluding with black-hearted enterprises to undertake large scale strip mining of rare earth minerals near where drinking water for nearly one million people would be polluted. They clashed with riot police on the scene, and many police cars were overturned.The screenshot shows that searches for "Daan" (大安) and "Lufeng" (陆丰) on Sina Weibo on July 3 and July 7, respectively, returned no results, just notices saying "In accordance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies, search results for 'Daan/Lufeng' have not been displayed." (根据相关法律法规和政策，“大安/陆丰”搜索结果未予显示。).
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An Internet user exposed materials online pointing out suspicions that officials and business people in Daan village in Lufeng, Shanwei were colluding, and had been mining rare earth minerals upstream from the Niujiaolong reservoir for over a year, causing pollution of the reservoir to the point where schools of fish were dying, and threatening the safety of drinking water for nearly one million people in several local villages.
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