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14 face sentencing for violence against government


08:52, January 31, 2013

NANJING, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Fourteen people pled guilty Wednesday for encouraging mass violence against government buildings and intentionally damaging property in Qidong City in eastern China's Jiangsu Province.

On the morning of July 28, during a mass protest against a planned construction of a highly-polluting drainpipe project, Zhu Baosheng, Shen Yawei, Xu Jianjie and 11 others smashed office buildings and jumped on cars in the government compound, according to an open trial held in the local court.

Prosecutors said their violent behavior caused property losses, injured police officers and severely disrupted public order, and that they should be held responsible for their actions.

The 14 defendants pled guilty in court but argued on the length of their penalties.

The court will announce the verdict at a later date.

On the day of the crime, thousands of people in east China's Jiangsu Province took to the streets to protest against the drainpipe project that would have discharged waste water from Japanese Oji Paper Group's inland plant into the sea.

The local government canceled the project hours after the protest.

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