Despite efforts by local Public Security Bureau technicians to block the
cellphone campaign, thousands of people heeded the alarm during the last days of
May. Despite warnings from city hall and a large turnout of uniformed and
plainclothes police, they marched in hot, muggy weather through the streets of
Xiamen to protest the chemical factory being built on Haicang, an industrial and
residential island across a narrow strait from downtown Xismen.
The demonstrations were largely peaceful, except for pushing against
policemen lined up to stop the march, witnesses said. About 8,000 to 10,000
people participated the first day and half that many the second day.
The whole article is interesting, focusing on how text messaging and blogging spread the word about the protests.