Over 10,000 residents took to the streets of Huizhou in southern China’s Guangdong province over the weekend to oppose a plan to build a garbage incinerator in the city, Metro Daily reported Monday.
At least 36 people were arrested after clashes broke out between the protesters and the police. Police ordered the protest leaders to turn themselves in within three days.
It was reported that the construction of the proposed incineration plant could affect the quality of water Hong Kong buys from Guangdong province.
Up to 4,000 police officers, armed with shields, were standing outside the Boluo County government headquarters. The rallyists dispersed after police arrested several people who allegedly threw water bottles at them.
The Huizhou city government reiterated that the proposed plans are still under consultation and the exact location of the plant has yet to be finalized.
Public consultation will be held in due course, a government representative said.
But according to Southern Metropolis Daily, the city government has chosen a site at Longfeng village in Boluo county for the project as early as August. The site was chosen from three options presented in June.
Residents accused the local government of trying to make money at the expense of their health.
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