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Chinese police hunt for protesters after waste plant clash

Published on May 12, 2014 12:16 PM
Riot police stand by the side of the road at the entrance of Yuhang town after a night of riots west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on May 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Police in eastern China are hunting for protesters who unleashed violence at the weekend in a campaign against a huge waste incinerator, leading to clashes with the police, state media reported on Monday.

Choking smog blankets many Chinese cities and the environmental degradation resulting from the country's breakneck economic growth is angering its increasingly well-educated and affluent population.

The demonstrations, which have run for more than two weeks, turned violent on Saturday, with hundreds of police descending on to the streets of Yuhang, close to the tourist city of Hangzhou.

At least 10 protesters and 29 policemen were injured, more than 30 cars were overturned, two police cars set on fire and four more smashed up, according to state media. The government says it will shelve plans to build the plant if it does not have popular support. Two suspects involved in the violence had already turned themselves in, the official China Daily said, adding that police were urging others to surrender.

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