Around 30 demonstrators were injured and 20 more arrested in Shanghai as they protested against the construction of a battery plant that had plans to go up in Pudong, Want China Times reports, citing Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao.
According to human rights groups, locals began gathering in the town center on October 31 to protest plans for Shanshan Technology to construct a lithium-ion battery plant, which they said would result in even more pollution in the area.
[protestors held] signs like “We love Shanghai, oppose pollution!” and “Battery plant get out of Nicheng.” Many participants said they did not even know there were plans to build a factory in Nicheng until recently as there had been no notices put up. […]
The Hong Kong-based Information Center for Human Rights & Democracy said there were two major clashes with police during the protests, which lasted until the afternoon of Nov. 1, when authorities told protesters that the battery plant project had been abandoned. The website cited witnesses as saying that police squads of as many as 200 officers used heavy-handed tactics to suppress the demonstration, beating and dragging people away to disperse the crowds. At least 30 people were reportedly injured and another 20 arrested by public security officials.
The news has seemingly not been published on many mainland media outlets. This would be the second battery project to be scrapped within the past couple of years in Shanghai. Last year in May, hundreds of residents congregated in Shanghai’s Songjiang district on separate occasions to oppose plans for a lithium battery plant. In the face of mounting pressure, the local government announced that it would halt production activity in the plant.
This year in May, officials in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province said the government would halt plans to built a huge waste incinerator in the area after local residents staged mass protests against the plant.