Chinese villagers stage mass pollution protest

03-Sep-2009 Intellasia | AFP | 7:28 AM Print This Post

Villagers in southeastern Chinese province of Fujian went on a rampage over a powerful stench from a wastewater treatment plant, damaging equipment and clashing with police, according to reports.

Nearly 10 people were hurt earlier this week in Fengwei town in protests involving up to 10,000 people and 2,000 police, according to an Associated Press report citing residents and a human rights monitor.

The injuries resulted when the demonstrations turned violent and riot police fired warning shots, the report said, citing a faxed statement from Hong Kong-based Information centre for Human Rights and Democracy.

Photos from the website of a Chinese plant that emitted foul smells, leading to suspicion that it was polluting the local environment in the city of Quanzhou in China's coastal Fujian province. Villagers in southeastern China attacked police and took local officials hostage in protests over the wastewater treatment plant they accuse of pollution, residents and state media said Tuesday.

The report said the villagers had been protesting over several days, but the biggest demonstration came Monday.

Officials taken hostage

A separate Agence France-Presse report said the police had to intervene to rescue two officials who were taken captive.

The AFP report cited a worker at a local shipyard as saying the officials were taken as hostages after an official struck a woman, adding that the account was corroborated by other witnesses.


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