21 November 2012
(c) 2012 Kyodo News
HONG KONG, Nov. 21 -- About 1,000 people clashed with 2,000 police officers Tuesday in a village in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, halting a government plan to build a power substation that has villagers worried about safety issues, according to a human rights watchdog and a mainland news website Wednesday.
The clash between the villagers in Cangnan County of Wenzhou City and police started Tuesday as people used wooden sticks and rocks to fight off construction workers at the site, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said.
Police clubbed the protesters and launched tear gas at them while as many as 2,000 police and special squad officers have arrived for backup, leaving about 200 villagers injured and two police vehicles wrecked, the Hong Kong-based watchdog said.
Smaller-scale bloody riots continued Wednesday in the area tightly secured by police, it said.
The Molihua website, which frequently reports on mass protests in China, said the clash involved more than 1,000 people, in which several cars belonging to reporters and the government were damaged, and a county secretary of the politics and law committee was also hospitalized for unspecified injuries.
The construction workers had to retreat, the website said, adding the government began construction of the power plant without consulting the public, who fear radiation from the substation.
The county government could not be reached for comments.