On new year eve, residents of Junjing Garden in Guangzhou city organized a gathering against the construction of a Power station on the southern side of the residential area. According to the report from Sound of Hope, 24 of the residents were arrested the next day on 1 of Jan, 2009, among two of them were primary school kids who were holding banner during the protest gathering.
The power station had once been stopped by local residents 2 years ago, but the government decided to restore the construction saying that the magnetic field generated by the electricity is at a safe level. However, the residents do not trust the government's statistic and explanation and they criticized the mainstream media for their one-sided story in Junjing forum. In responding to Southern Metropolis feature report, aaaznh said:
Ajuns pointed out:
I am poor and so I am not scared posted this picture to express his feeling:
Indeed the power station is really close, the photo below show the construction site and protest banners hanging outside the residential buildings:
The new round of confrontation between the residents and polices started on 30 of December when a large number of polices appeared in the district to reopen the construction site:
In reaction to the government's action, the residents decided to organize a new year eve gathering on 31 of December – 1 of Jan to pray for their children's health:
A large number of police arrived and resulted in a confrontation:
Due to the police arrest of 24 residents, more gatherings and “walkings” (meaning demonstration) happened in the past few days. This video clip below shows the gathering in Jan 3, 2009, the residents demand the police to release the protesters:
In order to sustain the protest action, the residents discussed new protest strategy in the forum. Moonlight suggested to stop paying the management fee:
The Photo above with the flats and the Power Station construction site within meters of the dwellings is absolutely stupid. It would never be tolerated in most countries. The noise from the turbines and the smoke from the chimneys will be intolerable.
Not to mention the fall in residential property values. Who would buy a house of flat with such an anti social neighbour!!!