Brutal Crackdown on Hangzhou Waste Incinerator Protest Leaves 3 Dead, Sparks Riot
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At least three people are reported dead with dozens more injured, hospitalized and arrested after hundreds of police began a brutal repression with baton beatings, tasers and tear gas, in a move to clear out 1000′s of proposed waste incinerator plant protesters in Hangzhou.
Social media accounts are reporting that 2 men and a child were killed by police during the initial crackdown. People report that the incident began with the police attacking the elderly people who were sitting as a barrier to the overpass encampment that has been on site in past weeks.
The police violence sparked a violent response from the thousands that were gathered to protest. At least 15 police vehicles, including buses were overturned and some of them burned. The resistance to the police continued in waves into the night.
Several people are reporting that cell and internet service have been cut off. Chinese state run media has yet to report on the incident.
The waste incinerator project planned for Hangzhou will be the largest of its kind in all of Asia, and has sparked repeated mass protests and police repression of some of the 500,000 people living near the proposed site in recent weeks.
Local people say they fear pollution from the plant will directly affect the health of their families and future children.
Residents of Zhongtai village are also angry at backroom tactics from local officials in forcing through the project in their backyard without giving people in the community any say in the plants construction.
A former Zhongtai village chief was forced to resign after opposing the project, and police were seeking out anyone who had taken part in recent protests, he said.
“If you take part, they will call you up on the phone,” Wu said. “If you are a parent with a kid in school, they text you telling you not to take part.”
“The incinerator is being forced on us, and local people have no say in the matter.”
The people have a simple demand. They must be guaranteed that the incineration plant wont harm their health.