Pic Blog: Police blockade

Police block villagers after a large crowd formed at the scene of environmental protests over the past few days in the town of Haimen, Guangdong Province on December 22, 2011. Demonstrations over a power plant in southern China turned violent for a second straight day on December 21 when police fired tear-gas and beat protesters, witnesses said. At least six people were said to have been injured in the clashes with police in Haimen, a town in Guangdong province where residents are protesting against a coal-fired power plant that they say is a health hazard.