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200 people block highway to protest in C China

2010-06-13 14:21:38 GMT2010-06-13 22:21:38 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

CHANGSHA - About 200 residents Sunday blocked a highway through a county in central China's Hunan Province to protest against a proposed administrative change.

The protest came after Hengyang municipal government said it would put a rich township in Hengshan under the administration of its neighboring Nanyue District.

The 200 residents in Hengshan County of Hengyang City blocked the No. 107 national highway near the county seat starting about 10 am Sunday, a county government official said, declining to give his name.

The road block disrupted traffic till about 4:30 pm when the protesters dispersed after hours of mediation by senior city and county officials.

Protesters said the plan could further undermine the economic strength of Hengshan County by handing over the administration of Dianmen Township to Nanyue, which itself used to be part of Hengshan.

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