2011 Haimen protest

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2011 Haimen protest
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The first power plant in Haimen. Concerns about the construction of a second such plant sparked the December 2011 protests and riots.
Date December 2011
Location Haimen town, Shantou, Guangdong, People's Republic of China
Also known as Haimen Incident
Participants People in Haimen Town
Outcome Project is suspended, protests ongoing

The 2011 Haimen protest of December 2011 occurred in the Chinese town of Haimen, Guangdong province. The protests, which drew thousands of participants, were met with detentions and tear gassing by authorities.[1]

Protests were ignited over plans to expand a coal-fired power plant in the town—a plan that residents opposed, arguing that existing coal-fired plants had caused environmental and health damage.[1][2] Demonstrations began on Tuesday, 20 December when thousands of residents barricaded a freeway and surrounded government offices in an attempt to block the project.[1]

According to AFP, the riot police fired tear gas into the crowd and beat protesters with riot sticks.[3] Late on 20 December, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said that five residents had been detained on vandalism charged, and published a declaration from the Shantou city council announcing that the "Shantou deputy and municipality already decided to stop the project.[4][5] Unconfirmed reports of two deaths circulated online following the first day of protests, though authorities denied these reports.[6]

Tensions cooled by 23 December, after Communist Party officials declared that the plant expansion plans would be temporarily suspended, and authorities agreed to release detained protesters.[7]

Although the protests in Haimen were unrelated to demonstrations in nearby Wukan, Haimen residents told Reuters that they had followed developments in Wukan closely, regarding it as a good model of how citizens might negotiate with authorities.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c Michael Wines, Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Chinese City, New York Times, 23 December 2011.
  2. ^ 广东海门逾万民众抗议反对建电厂 BBC中文網,2011年12月20日
  3. ^ Police in China fire tear-gas, beat protesters: witnesses Google News:AFP,20 December 2011
  4. ^ 華電發電項目暫停 中國報,20 December 2011: 「汕頭市委、市政府已決定暫停上馬這一項目」
  5. ^ 市委、市政府妥善处置潮阳区海门镇部分群众堵塞深汕高速公路的行为》(汕頭日報,2011/12/21)
  6. ^ a b Reuters, Chinese official denies reports of deaths at Haimen protest, 21 December 2011.
  7. ^ Agence France Presse, South China town unrest cools after dialogue, 23 Dec 2011.