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Fourteen plead guilty to inciting violence


10:21, February 01, 2013

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Fourteen people pleaded guilty Wednesday to inciting attacks 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 the 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 a 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. They said the defendants should be held responsible for their actions.

The 14 defendants pleaded guilty in court but argued in their defense regarding the severity of the penalty.

The court will announce its decision 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 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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