Rare Beijing rally targets high speed rail project BEIJING--Authorities in Beijing allowed a rare protest to take place on Sunday against a new high-speed rail line, with about 300 demonstrators shouting slogans disrupting traffic in a busy eastern suburb. Residents told Reuters they were concerned the new line from Beijing to the northeastern city of Shenyang would run too close to their apartments and local schools, causing excess noise and electromagnetic radiation. They also complained the government had refused to listen to their concerns and accused them of faking an environmental impact assessment. â€œI only knew this line was planned two weeks ago when I got a letter from the government thanking me for my support,â€ said a protester who gave her family name as Zhang. â€œBut neither I nor any of the other residents support this. They are inventing things.â€ Reuters was unable to reach government officials to seek comment. Police allowed the largely middle-class protesters to march down a main road, where they briefly blocked an intersection shouting â€œdown with the high-speed lineâ€ and â€œchange the route.â€ They peacefully dispersed later in the afternoon. The stability-obsessed ruling Communist Party is wary of any protests, especially in the sensitive capital of Beijing, and often detain demonstrators or break up protests before they reach critical mass. The party worries that the tens of thousands of sporadic protests over land grabs, corruption, environmental problems and economic grievances that break out every year could coalesce into a national movement and threaten its control. In 2008, hundreds of people in China's financial hub Shanghai marched against the extension of the city's magnetic levitation train, or â€œmaglev,â€ worried it would emit radiation and sicken them. Police detained dozens. Rare Beijing rally targets high speed rail project - The China Post ************************************* The HSR will cut short the travel time and is a boom that the Chinese posters here have emphasised. All indications do indicate that it will be of great effect in travelling in China. Therefore, how far are the protesters correct that the noise and rumbling shake as the high speed train passes will affect their apartments? Will Electromagnetic radiation be of that intensity that it will affect the people? Electromagnetic radiations from even Cellphone Microwave Towers also affect the people! So, what is the best payoff and the tradeoff?