ID needed to buy protest materials

AFP-JIJI

Authorities in a protest-hit Chinese city are making people who buy white T-shirts or print or photocopy banners show identity cards and register their real names, state media said Tuesday.

The regulations are aimed at preventing further demonstrations against a planned paraxylene (PX) chemical plant, the Global Times reported, citing residents in Kunming, Yunnan Province.

PX is a toxic petrochemical used to make fabrics and hundreds of people took to the streets earlier this month to protest against the proposed facility.

Some held banners with slogans such as “Kunming mothers seeking health for their babies” and “PX get out,” photos posted on a major news portal showed.

The official Xinhua News Agency earlier this month quoted Kunming Major Li Wenrong as saying the government will cancel the plant if “most of our citizens” oppose it.