Waste plant protesters win in China

Reuters

A government in eastern China will shelve plans to build a huge waste incinerator if it does not have popular support in an apparent victory for protesters who had clashed with police, fearing the plant would be harmful to their health.

Similar protests have also succeeded in getting such projects shut down elsewhere.

The latest demonstrations, which have lasted more than two weeks, turned violent Saturday, with hundreds of police descending on to the streets of Yuhang, close to the tourist city of Hangzhou. State media said at least 10 demonstrators and 29 police were injured, and 30 vehicles were overturned as protesters set two police cars on fire and blocked a highway.

The Yuhang government said Saturday that all work on the incinerator had stopped, and that it would invite the public to participate in a decision about whether to press ahead with it.