采访/代静 编辑/李韵 后制/王明宇
Collective Protest Stops Ningbo’s Chemical Plants
Recently, over ten thousand residents in Ningbo, Zhejiang
province, protested against the chemical plant expansion project.
Oct. 28, the collective protest escalated once again.
To appease public indignation, authorities announced
a permanent suspension of the project.
Not believing the authorities, local people again broke out in
large conflict against the police.
In recent years, Mainland China launched a series of
projects with consequences of severe environmental pollution, causing many & frequent protests.
Analysis pointed out how CCP officials insist on launching
large projects despite their pollution for two main reasons:
Firstly, they rely upon GDP growth for personal promotion;
Secondly, large projects bring about opportunities for corruption.
In spite of the week-long protest by over ten thousand
people in Zhenhai District, Ningbo,
the authorities still announced they will continue the highly
polluting PX project on the morning of 28th Oct.
Meanwhile they continued to dispatch large numbers of
armed police and special police to repress the protesters.
Around 7:00am, hundreds of protesters went to Ningbo
Municipal Government, and asked Ningbo Mayor Liu Qi to respond.
Shouting such slogans as “Liu Qi step down; love Ningbo,"
they called for the government to abandon the plan of expanding
the chemical plants, and to release the protesters arrested earlier.
At the same time, thousands of protesters gathered in the city
center, some wearing masks and carrying slogan banners.
The authorities sent hundreds of police who again clashed
with the protesters.
Some people were arrested and injured during the clashes.
In the afternoon, the protest escalated. More and more
people came to the municipal government to protest.
Protesters marched on a number of major roads in the city,
causing the traffic to be paralyzed and all city buses suspended.
In support of the Ningbo protest, some people arrived
from other districts of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, and Shanghai.
To pacify the protesters, Ningbo Municipal Government
announced on the night of 28th upon local TV and official microblog,
that it will not launch the PX project, and that the integrated
refinery project be halted for further scientific investigation.
However, people did not believe the authorities’ promise.
On Oct. 29th, Ningbo resident Mr. Lin told NTD that
he believed the authorities were deceiving people by saying they will not be continuing the PX project,
and that the protest had stopped, but special police
had not withdrawn.
Ningbo resident Mr. Lin: “By late last night,
the policemen really beat up on people in a random fashion.
They are all from other districts, not local police.
Some of them seem to have tattoos on the body.
They might be related with the gangs.
When they arrived, they started to clear the field.
Whoever tried to stay would receive a beating.
Some people were bleeding from the beating of the batons.
Some are in hospital, others arrested.
The problem is that no Chinese media reported on this issue.
This shows that there is a real problem.”
Beijing constitutional scholar Chen Yongmiao said,
local authorities launched such large projects for two reasons:
First, they rely upon GDP growth for personal promotion;
Second, large projects bring about opportunities for corruption.
Beijing constitutional scholar Chen Yongmiao: “Local GDP
growth counts for the performance of local officials.
For personal promotion, they have to
keep launching new projects.
There is another factor. With large projects
they are able to obtain personal benefits through corruption.
They have no regards for people’s life.”
In recent years, collective protests have broken out
all over China.
In August of last year, Dalian’s PX project also triggered
a major dispute between the government and over ten thousand people.
The Dalian government finally decided
to discontinue the project.
Now, however, the Dalian PX project is back on track, and is
even increasing its schedule by 700,000 tons of production.
In July of this year, Shifang and Qidong in Jiangsu Province
also saw successive protests due to pollution creating projects.
All protests quieted down after local governments
announced to discontinue such projects.
“Beijing News" reported on 26th that Yang Chaofei,
vice-director of China’s Environmental Science Society, said,
since 1996, collective protests due to environmental problems
had been on the increase, by 29% every year.
Less than 1% of them were resolved through judicial channels.
He Zhe, director of Han Hollywood Preparatory Committee,
pointed out that CCP’s group interests and insufficient legal system gave rise to such conflicts.
He Zhe, Director of Han Hollywood Preparatory Committee:
“With a well-founded legal system, these problems can be resolved.
Unreasonable projects would be prevented, without causing
any of these fierce conflicts.
So the main problem lies in the country’s political system.
Its judiciary system is not functioning normally.
In order to protect the rich and powerful,
the legal system rejects to accept such cases.”
He Zhe pointed out that if a government does not carry out
its responsible duties, leaving the victims with no way out,
then finally people’s force must overthrow
this corrupt system.