Dozens were injured and police cars were torched as residents holding a rally against a planned waste incinerator clashed with police in the Yuhang district of Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday, Apple Daily reported.
Local officials blamed the violent clashes on a few instigators, the report said, adding that at least 10 residents and 29 policemen were injured.
More than 30 cars were smashed and overturned, including police cars, two of which were set on fire by the protesters, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Residents said the local government started the incinerator project without holding a public consultation, according to Beijing Youth Daily.
But the Hangzhou municipal government said it had notified the public in April about the plan aimed at easing the city’s growing garbage disposal problem, Xinhua said.
Residents fear the project will cause massive pollution that could affect the 200-plus hectares of nearby Longjing green tea plantations, Apple Daily said.
Meanwhile, the local government promised not to push through with the plan without public support and before going through the legal process, Xinhua reported, citing Xu Wenguang, Yuhang district party chief.
Police released more than two dozen photos of so-called suspects, and called for them to voluntarily surrender, Apple Daily said. So far two have turned themselves in.
Official media have repeatedly played footage of protesters attacking police but Apple Daily quoted one protestor as saying, “why they dare not to play ones of the police beating protestors?”
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