By Huizhong Wu
A woman holds up a sign that says “I love Songjiang” at the protest on May 1. Image source Chinasmartgrid.com
Saturday saw a protest in Shanghai’s Songjiang district against the planned construction of a lithium battery factory, Reuters reports.
Over 1,000 protesters were at the peaceful event, which some are calling a reflection of the growing unrest over how polluted the country has become.
This is not the first protest against the planned lithium battery plant. Many residents gathered on May 1 to protest the plant which would be built by the Hefei Guoxuan High-tech Power Energy Co Ltd.
Protesters cited concerns about waste water and emissions from the plant.
While fielding questions from the press on May 1, an Environmental Impact Assessment engineer from the Shanghai Research Institute on the Chemical Industry said,
“We conducted surveys in areas within 3 kilometers of the project’s center that would be sensitive to any environmental effect. A total of 150 questionnaires were distributed and 150 were returned. A total return rate of 100 percent. Of these respondents, 68 percent of were in support of the construction project…”
This protest marks the third one within the past week. The last two, one in Kunming, and one originally planned to be in Chengdu, were also about environmental concerns.