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Surviving victims of the huge gas explosion in Chongqing, Sichuan Province that occurred on 23 December 2003 are reported to be threatening to hold community wide protests unless more work is done to secure their safety. Many villagers want to move to other areas before production is resumed at the nearby gas wells.
In new developments to the worker unrest in Dazhou City, Sichuan province, some 1,000 taxi-drivers began their second strike in a month and sent representatives to Beijing in an attempt to draw attention to their plight. A total of at least 19 people have been detained in the protests – one of them, Xiong Zhangqi, remains in detention and under formal arrest. [Note1]
In new developments to the worker unrest in Dazhou City, Sichuan province, some 1,000 taxi-drivers began their second strike in a month and sent representatives to Beijing in an attempt to draw attention to their plight. A total of at least 19 people have been detained in the protests – one of them, Xiong Zhangqi, remains in detention and under formal arrest. [Note1]
A burst natural gas well, believed to have been pierced in a drilling mistake, spewed out toxic gases on 23 December, killing at least 191 people and forcing some 31,000 to 41,000 people to flee their homes in the town of Gaoqiao, some 210 kilometres from Chongqing, the capital of Sichuan.
Jilin ProvinceAn explosion occurred at the Anshun coal mine in Huajiao Township of Huadian City, Jilin Province on 31 October when six miners were working underground. One managed to escape and the other five were found dead several days later.
On 10 September, 19 miners at the Chuanhe Coal Mine in Xiushan County, Chongqing Municipality were trapped when water flooded into the miner. It is believed that the water came from a nearby disused mine.Rescuers are reportedly waiting until the water level decreases before attempting to rescue the men.
The past few months have seen a destructive cycle of coal mine accidents occurring one after another, followed by frantic government officials issuing forth directives and notices urging better protection of work health and safety.
[Reports taken from Associated Press and other sources]8 August 2003The death toll in three separate coal mine accidents has risen to 19 with 22 still trapped underground, the State press reported today.
In terms of fatalities, accidents are categorised into three types: serious - 3 deaths or above; very serious - 10 deaths or above; extremely serious - 30 deaths or above. The following table excludes 'serious accidents'. Items with page links refer to the accidents that CLB has followed.
In this Issue: 1. Editor's Note 2. MONTHLY NEWS REVIEW - Resisting Unfair Deals in China's State Enterprise Reform - Oil Workers in Chongqing Strike Back 3. NEWS UPDATES - The Liaoyang Four Have Been Detained For Almost Seven Months - With No Formal Charges - Chongqing Oil Workers Not Falling for Company's Delay Tactics

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