A large-scale protest took place in Yuyao city, Zhejiang province, yesterday in response to problems with the government’s flood and typhoon relief in the area. Details are very shaky at this point, but photos and videos are coming in. There were reportedly “about 1,500” riot police engaged with the demonstrators, and there are unconfirmed reports that internet access was cut out in the entire city.
The Global Times has published an article calling for restraint in the city, which has—so far—been the only official acknowledgement of any disturbances there:
Cai Qi, head of the Organization Department of the Communist Party of China Zhejiang Provincial Committee, called for residents in Yuyao to restrain from radical acts on his Tencent Weibo account Tuesday, saying that local government officials have been trying their best in disaster relief. […]
The rally, organized by some residents through Weibo, text messages and WeChat, began early Tuesday morning in front of the city’s government building.
Hundreds of Special Forces and armed policemen were positioned at the scene to prevent the crowd from entering the building and maintain order. The police arrested several people for radical acts, including throwing bricks at the police and tipping over government vehicles, and some were injured during the conflict, said several residents at the scene who were reached by the Global Times. […]
A Global Times reporter at the scene observed that the situation had been stabilized by 8 pm on Tuesday.
Around 2,000 people were still at the scene, demanding that police release the arrested, while a large team of policemen were patrolling the area to maintain order.
These photos, found on Wickedonna.tumblr.com after being uploaded to Weibo, give a taste of what went on.
Men tear down a slogan that says “Serving the People” at the gate of a government building.
Protesters attack a bus.
This video of the scene was uploaded yesterday. The clip picks up around 2:15, when onlookers begin chanting and throwing objects.