Xiamen is mulling over a new rule that will ban anonymous Web postings after residents used the Internet to successfully halt construction of a US$1.4 billion paraxylene plant project because of its health and environmental risks. A total of 1 million mobile phone test messages were sent, and Internet postings were used to organize peaceful rallies that caught the attention of bloggers nationwide and helped push Beijing to pressure the city to suspend work on the factory. However, legal experts have said that Xiamen did not have the right to institute such changes. Only the National People’s Congress would have such a right.
Image from Gemma Kate Thorpe.
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