Violent Pollution Protesters Halt Pipeline Project in China


Chinese protesters stormed a government office on Saturday to demand that officials stop a waste pipeline project that was to be implemented in the area. MSNBC reports that the thousands of protesters who gathered in the eastern city of Qidong near Shanghai overturned cars and destroyed computers in their bid to inspire change.

This protest was specifically aimed at a waste pipeline that would spill out of a paper-making factory in Nantong and straight into the sea. The protesters walked through the streets shouting slogans before making it to a government building and staging the main event of the demonstration.

One protester told reporters:

The government says the waste will not pollute the sea, but if that’s true, then why don’t they dump it into Yangtze River?…It is because if they dump it into the river, it will have an impact on people in Shanghai and people in Shanghai will oppose it.

Government officials became nervous after protesters overturned cars and dragged at least two police officers into the crowd where they were pummeled. Thousands of officers were reported to stand guard outside of the government building after it was made apparent that the protesters were not going home.

The scene was chaotic, according to the Associated Press, as bottles of wine and liquor as well as cigarettes and office papers were thrown out of the government building and tossed about by protesters.

The high energy of the protest did force government officials to announce that the waste pipeline project would be stopped. The company behind the paper-making factory has maintained that they value environmental protection and that waste treatment plans would go into effect.

China has witnessed a growing number of outspoken protests over the course of the year, especially regarding to environmental damage and working conditions. 1,000 workers overturned an iron gate and multiple cars in Ruian, China in May to demand improvements in working conditions. A recent study also showed that well over half of Chinese citizens are concerned about environmental damage and protection.

The Associated Press notes that a rare shake-up of top leadership is expected for later this year. Populations have been increasingly pushing public officials to reconsider their environmental policies. Officials have tried to stifle mention of this particular protest by disabling the search term “Qidong” on a massively popular microblogging site, but the event has reached an international audience despite these efforts.


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Bret Stockton
Bret stockton5 years ago

Is this what we need to do to stop the more controversial half of the Keystone XL pipeline?

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


Olivia Lim
Olivia Lim5 years ago

Well done! The government will listen if people SPEAK UP! I'm glad that the pipeline project was stopped. Kudos!

Arild Warud


Ernest Roth
Ernest R5 years ago

Truly wonderful that in a repressive dictatorship, people have come together by the thousands to block big money’s destruction of their lives, both in this case and in blocking the building of a dam that would have destroyed farm villages. @ Carl O. Maybe if we had the balls to turn out thousands strong, we could block the Keystone XL pipeline too. @ JM D. You refer to destruction caused by Chinese big money. This case is of common people standing against that kind of destruction. Credit where credit is due. BTW., Your country’s food supply has also been much damaged by development that has reduced the Philippines from a rice exporter to a rice importer because of obeying Cardinal Sin’s insistence on population growth.

margaret b.

Fine for our media to say nothing about Chinese protestor overturning cars and pummeling police officers but I remember when our G20 met in Canada and the media repeatedly berated our protestors because some shop windows were broken----the shame of it--these protesting malcontents etc. Boy if one ever needed to question outright bias our media has just lowered their collective masks.

JM De Jesus
JM De Jesus5 years ago

"Awesome", "Excellent"... WOW.

Meanwhile, a few kilometers from my country's beaches, they poach our corals and endangered species (i.e. turtles, pawikan, fishes, etc.). Our country's food supply relies mainly on fish, btw. They claim the whole south china sea because of a supposed map drawn a thousand years ago discounting the fact that the my ancestors (the austronesian race) have been sailing that ocean for 5000-10000 years. We try to settle the issue through the UN, they refused because they are powerful. Why is China so strong now? Why is China so polluted? People from the west keep on supporting their economy by putting up their companies in China and keep on buying their products (losing more of your local jobs in the process), indirectly supporting China's military which in turn destroys MY country's food supply. GOOD JOB AMERICA!

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

Wish we could be successful in protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. Glad to learn the Chinese were successful.

Meg Graham
Meg G5 years ago

I have been told people of Asian origins have one cultural advantage over westerners and that is; it is part of their culture is to think about their great, great, great, great, great grandchildren. To ask themselves what impact this will have on 5 generations in the future.

I do believe we will see a lot more of this sort of thing as they are becoming much more educated about environmental impact and its long term effects. I feel they will be far more radical then us westerners about this issue.
Go the Chinese people.

Jon G.
Jon G5 years ago

Job well done people of China! cheers