Encourage Chinese Officials to Listen to Protesters Before Situations Worsen

Refinery

Target: Ningbo Chinese Officials

Goal: Encourage Chinese officials to appease protests before they get out of hand following a violent environmentalist demonstration

After three days of protest, Chinese residents of Ningbo city finally achieved their goal when city officials agreed to stop the construction of a petrochemical plant within the area. When Sinopec, the powerful state-run corporation, announced its plans to expand a refinery right outside of Ningbo in the Zhejiang Province, the civilians of the province showed their anger through protests. The $8.8 billion expansion of the refinery would have increased the amount of toxins released into the air, contributing to the horrid industrial pollution that already pervades the nation.

The project was quickly and easily backed by local city officials despite the people’s opposition. The bigger refinery would have generated paraxylene, which is a toxic petrochemical that may lead to cancer and other deadly diseases. Paraxylene, also known as PX, is often used as an ingredient in the production of polyester, paints, and plastic bottles. Shortly after the announcement, the residents took to the streets and protested both the city officials and the corporation.

The protest started with local farmers who chose to block road access to the refinery as a means of impeding the production process. The protests grew severely over the weekend when thousands more protesters, mainly students and middle-class residents, took to the streets. These protesters  donned in surgical masks decorated with skulls and bones, gathered at Downtown Square with banners. After the protests got violent, with the police using tear gas and their batons to beat protesters, the city officials caved and decided to halt the project.

If the Chinese officials listened to the residents earlier, there would not be so much damage. By working with the residents, the city officials calmed down the situation and kept their people happy. Many of the residents believe that the officials caved so quickly because of the new party congress that will be sworn in soon. Since there will be a new set of leaders, residents believe that officials are trying to keep things content. Regardless, Chinese officials should be encouraged to appease all situations. In this situation, the officials managed to please the residents because they compromised and worked with them. They should continue to listen to their people and appease the issues before things get out of hand.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear City Officials in Ningbo,

After hearing that you have agreed to stop the expansion of the refinery in Zhejiang province, I want to encourage you to continue to listen to your people. The residents of Zhejiang province in Ningbo city were very upset over the $8.8 billion project that would have released toxins into the air. The toxin paraxylene is used in the manufacturing of paints and plastic bottles and can lead to cancer and other deadly illnesses.

The residents quickly took to the streets and protested against this expansion. The protests became violent when the police pulled out tear gas and batons to attack the protesters  After you chose to compromise, the residents have been happier. It is important that you continue to listen to your people before protests continue to get out of hand in the future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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