China Trash Incinerator Project Called off After Protest

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 12:14 PM

The Haiyan county government in Zhejiang province said in a statement Friday that hundreds of residents began to collect illegally Wednesday and blocked roads.

Authorities in eastern China have halted plans to construct a trash incinerator after rowdy Str protests by residents and the arrests of two women.

The Haiyan county government in Zhejiang province said in a statement Friday that hundreds of residents began to collect illegally Wednesday and blocked roads. Tthe demonstration escalated on Thursday evening when the mob attacked a local government building, smashing objects and causing injuries to police officer and bystanders, it said.

A 19-year-old woman was detained on charges of spreading unverified bloody pictures and videos on the Internet, which were viewed more than 5.000 times. Another woman was charged with spreading insults against local officials, the government said.

The Haiyan government first revealed plans for the project on April twelve, saying it was needed to assistance dispose of the four hundred fifty tons of solid waste that residents are generating every day.

Number reason was given for the cancellation.

Recent years have seen a growing no of protests against incinerators, chemical plants and other projects believed to menace the environment and living conditions.

Those have generally been permitted despite the ruling Communist Party'south pervasive crackdown on independent organizers and political critics, although arrests frequently chase once demonstrations die down.

Environmental safety concerns have been further fueled by a string of serious accidents involving fatal chemicals in China.

In August, one hundred seventy-three people, many of them firefighters, were killed in a chemical explosion in the harbour of Tianjin involving seven hundred tons of highly toxic sodium cyanide. Investigators said the warehouses storing the chemicals had been built too near to residential units and numerous people were arrested for violating regulations on safe distances.

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