Thousands of people in Ligang town in Huazhou city in China’s southern Guangdong province took to the streets Saturday demanding the scrapping of a crematorium project, forcing the local government to halt the construction of the facility, China Youth Daily reported.
The protestors, who were met with a huge police force, were angry that the planned crematorium was too close to people’s homes and that it would pollute the air.
Huazhou’s deputy mayor tried to communicate with the people, but failed to allay the concerns over the project, it said.
The protesters alleged that the government had initially lied that the project was meant for burning garbage, the report said.
The incident marked the second big protest in the region after Maoming residents took to the streets earlier this month demanding the scrapping of a facility to make the toxic industrial chemical paraxylene.
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