Yesterday, protesters filled the streets of Lubu, Guangdong province, calling for city officials to permanently scrap plans for building an incinerator in their area. The protest turned violent and police detained 21 people.
The protest occurred after Lubu residents received news that the building of the power-generating incinerator had been put on hold. Believing that stoppage would only be temporary, they took to the streets, protesting in front of government offices.
State media reports that around 1,300 people participated, but witnesses estimated a crowd of 10,000.
Witnesses also estimated that over 3,000 armed police officers were present at the protest, according to the South China Morning Post. One participant said that the residents wanted to protest peacefully, but conflicts broke out with the police. BBC reports that some attempted to break into the government offices. One officer was injured and 21 protesters were taken away to be “educated and investigated,” said a Weibo post of the Gaoyao propaganda department that was later taken down.
Residents are worried that if the incinerator is built, it may contaminate their water source, the Xi River.
By Amy Yang
[Images via Oriental Daily]