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RFA: Hundreds of Villagers in Shenzhen Protested Decision to Build Huge Garbage Incineration Plant

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, hundreds of people from Jingui Village located in Pingshan New District, Shenzhen City, protested against the authorities because they plan to build a large garbage incineration plant inside their village. Villagers went to the Civic Center to sit-in quietly. The police violently dispersed the protesters, arrested over a dozen people, and wounded one elderly woman. Mainland Chinese media refused to interview villagers or report the incident.

On November 24, 2015, the Shenzhen City government had demanded that the villagers agree to the government’s proposal to build the world’s largest garbage incineration plant in their village; the plant will burn 5,000 tons of garbage each day. The government only gave the villagers one day to respond; otherwise the government would assume that the villagers agreed unconditionally with their proposal.

In order to protect their water sources and land from becoming polluted, Jingui villagers started protesting on November 24, 2015. The sit-in on December 9 was the fourth large-scale protest. On the previous day, the villagers held a demonstration by marching on the street. For many days, they held a sit-in in front of the Dapeng District government building. The government officials, however, have refused to respond to the villagers’ requests. No media in China are willing to report on the incident.   

Source: Radio Free Asia, December 9, 2015