Chinese authorities detain protesters

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Chinese authorities have detained a number of people in a southern seaside town where protests against a planned power plant resulted in clashes with police during a third day of unrest yesterday.

Thousands of people in the town of Haimen wanting to block a highway were locked in a standoff with riot police. A city official said some people who had participated in "illegal activities" had been detained.

The protesters think an existing coal-fired power plant has contributed to a rise in cancer cases and heavy pollution. The unrest came a day after the Chinese government made concessions to protesters unhappy about land rights in the village of Wukan.