The Warriors of Qiugang

In 2004, in the village of Qiugang, in Anhui Province, China, private chemical companies took over an old state-owned enterprise that had long produced pesticides and dyes. As production ramped up, black waters disgorged from the plants and flooded the fields of Qiugang. Fish died, crops failed, and villagers grew alarmed by the large numbers of their own succumbing to cancer. When his own fields could no longer be farmed, a farmer named Zhang Gongli filed and lost a lawsuit against the factory that adjoined his land.

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