Jonathan Watts and Zheng Cui
The Guardian
August 18, 2009

[efoods]Hundreds of furious Chinese parents rampaged through a lead factory yesterday after the authorities blamed pollution from the plant for poisoning more than 600 children.

The protest follows a week of denials and revelations that have grabbed headlines in a country increasingly fearful for its environmental health.

According to the Xinhua news agency, villagers tore down a 300-metre fence around the Dongling Lead and Zinc Smelting Company in Fengxiang county, Shaanxi province, and smashed up coal trucks after the government ruled that emissions from the facility had harmed the health of local people.

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