2011 Haimen protest
The first power plant in Haimen. Concerns about the construction of a second such plant sparked the December 2011 protests and riots.
|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.
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. Demonstrations began on Tuesday, 20 December when thousands of residents barricaded a freeway and surrounded government offices in an attempt to block the project.
According to AFP, the riot police fired tear gas into the crowd and beat protesters with riot sticks. 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. Unconfirmed reports of two deaths circulated online following the first day of protests, though authorities denied these reports.
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.
- Michael Wines, Police Fire Tear Gas at Protesters in Chinese City, New York Times, 23 December 2011.
- 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
- Police in China fire tear-gas, beat protesters: witnesses Google News:AFP，20 December 2011
- 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」
- Reuters, Chinese official denies reports of deaths at Haimen protest, 21 December 2011.
- Agence France Presse, South China town unrest cools after dialogue, 23 Dec 2011.