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Residents protest against several planned electroplating plants in Dongyang, Zhejiang, China

Nearly 1,000 residents clashed with riot police outside Dongyang Government offices in the eastern province of Zhejiang in protest over plans for an electro-plating plant near their homes.


On 12 December 2013, nearly 1,000 local residents clashed with riot police after gathering outside Dongyang Government offices in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang in protest over plans to set up an electroplating plant near their homes.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Residents protest against several planned electroplating plants in Dongyang, Zhejiang, China
State or province:Zhejiang
Location of conflict:Jiangbin South Street, Baiyun, Dongyang, Jinhua Municipality
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict: 1st level:Industrial and Utilities conflicts
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Chemical industries
Manufacturing activities
Other industries
Specific commodities:electronic components
Manufactured Products
Project Details and Actors
Project details:

Level of Investment:unknown
Type of populationUrban
Affected Population:unknown
Start of the conflict:12/2013
End of the conflict:12/2013
Relevant government actors:-Dongyang City Government
-Dongyang Environmental Protection Bureau
Conflict and Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of mobilization:Community-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Media based activism/alternative media
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts of the project
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Soil contamination, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Health ImpactsPotential: Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Occupational disease and accidents, Deaths, Other environmental related diseases, Other Health impacts
Other Health impactsPotential health impacts related to pollution from electronic manufacturing
Project StatusUnknown
Conflict outcome / response:Repression
Violent targeting of activists
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Further report about this conflict is unavailable, while from the government reports and statistics, electroplating is still a big industry in this city.
Sources and Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

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[3] 东阳市电镀行业长效管理实施意见
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[2] Protesters Clash With Chinese Riot Police Over Planned Plant
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Other documents

Signed banner A banner with lots of signatures. The slogan says: "Resolutely resisting the electroplating factory's relocation into residential communities".
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Police and an old man fell to the ground
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Flyer with introduction of the negative impacts
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Flyer about the impacts on children from other areas
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Flyer about cancer villages and the dead fish, etc.
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Contributor:Envjustice, ICTA-UAB
Last update25/04/2018
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