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Chinese officials retreat on incinerator after protests

Published on May 11, 2014 7:41 PM
 
 A damaged police vehicle lies on a road after residents clashed with police during a protest over an incinerator in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang province, on May 11, 2014. Local officials promised on Sunday, May 11, 2014, to suspend construction of the massive waste incinerator after a violent demonstration by residents fearful of pollution left dozens injured. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Local officials promised on Sunday to suspend construction of a massive waste incinerator in eastern China after a violent demonstration by residents fearful of pollution left dozens injured.

The rally was the latest in an increasing number of angry protests over environmental concerns in the country, where three decades of rapid and unfettered industrial expansion have taken a heavy toll.

"Residents will be invited to give their opinion before the project is officially launched," the Yuhang district government in the city of Hangzhou said in a statement.

"The construction of the incinerator will stop... if we do not have the support of the population," it added.

 
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