» 01/04/2007, 00.00
Environmental activist who exposed radiation pollution in Gansu denied medical treatment
Sun Xiaodi was diagnosed with abdominal cancer due to uranium radiation. His campaign against uranium mining has been squelched by the authorities.
24/01/2007 TIBET – CHINA
Tibet’s government-in-exile still hopeful of an amicable solution with Beijing
Tibet’s Prime Minister-in-exile reaffirms that dialogue is the only means to deal with China but warns that it can no longer ask the population to remain calm. The Dalai Lama announces that his reincarnation will only have spiritual role.
13/02/2009 TIBET – CHINA
Beijing bans foreigners from travelling to Tibetan-inhabited areas
Wide areas are off-limits to tourists as the anniversaries of the 1959 and 2008 protests approach. Journalists expelled without warning from Tibet. The authorities are getting ready to crush any protests and do not want any witnesses.
With benzene in water, residents in Gansu city storm supermarkets to buy bottled water
Lanzhou officials ask residents not to drink tap water because it may cause death. Illegal spilling of toxic sewage by a chemical plant is thought to be at the root of the problem. As things get worse across the country, the central government appears to be powerless vis-à-vis the problem.
Industrial emissions poison 250 children in Gansu
The children, all under the age of 14, have been taken to hospital. Four show signs of lead poisoning. Official from government environmental agency blames local authorities, guilty in his opinion of protecting local plants.
Tensions and repression grow in Inner Mongolia
Hundreds of police officers keep squares under surveillance, the Internet has been disconnected, young people are confined to their campuses. The Mongols criticize mining investments in the region (coal and rare minerals), which pollute their land and destroy the pastures and their daily lives. Party newspaper: These events are not similar to those of Tibet and Xinjiang.
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