Officials in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province said the government will back off plans to build a huge waste incinerator if it doesn’t have popular support, seemingly a win for residents in the city who staged mass protests against the plant that led to violent clashes with police, Reuters reports.
The demonstrations, led by residents who feared the incinerator would be harmful to their health, lasted more than two weeks and turned violent on Saturday when protestors clashed with police who descended on the streets by the hundreds. At least 10 protestors and 29 policemen were injured, according to Xinhua.
“More than 30 cars were overturned. The protestors set two police cars on fire and smashed another four,” the news agency reported.
Around 300 waste incinerators were planned on being built between 2010-2015 as to meet the national target of 35 percent of household waste to be incinerated by 2015.
The district government said in a statement that all work on the incinerator had stopped and that it would invite the public to engage in the decision on whether its construction should continue.
Reuters relays that the government offered to “invite the local people to participate, fully listen to and seek everyone’s opinions, and guarantee people’s right to know what is happening and right to participate”.
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