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A Chinese woman is taken away by Chinese police officers during a protest against the proposed expansion of a petrochemical factory outside the city government office in Zhejiang province's Ningbo city, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. After a weekend of protests by thousands of citizens over pollution fears, a local Chinese government relented Sunday and agreed that a petrochemical factory would not be expanded, only to see the protesters refuse to halt their demonstration.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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NINGBO, China (AP) — Protests against the expansion of a factory are resuming in an eastern China city despite a local government pledge to halt the project.

About 200 protesters gathered outside Ningbo government offices Monday for a fourth straight day of protests. Police channeled the crowd from the front of the building off to a side street.

The protests have occasionally featured violent clashes between protesters and police, who have detained some demonstrators. On Sunday night, the government promised to halt the expansion of the ethylene plant belonging to state-run Sinopec, though the crowd continued to protest, leaving only late in the night.

The protest, the latest on environmental issues, comes as China's authoritarian government wants calm for a transfer of power in the Communist Party leadership at a party congress that starts Nov. 8.

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