People In This Chinese City Didn't Want A Potentially Dangerous Copper Plant Built So They Rioted For Two Days

The Chinese city of Shifang has announced today that it is cancelling plans for a molybdenum copper plant after thousands of people held a bloody protest, the AP reports.

Thousands of people had protested the construction on Sunday night and Monday afternoon. WSJ reports that “Shifang” quickly became the most-searched term on Weibo by Monday afternoon.

This video appears to be from the protests yesterday, and show stones being thrown and police firing tear gas in retaliation.


One person was rumoured to have died, though the AP reports that one man who answered the phone at Shifang No. 2 hospital said that no one had died and only 30 people were injured.

A statement from Shifang city officials says that the work was cancelled because residents did not “support or understand” the project. Molybdenum copper can be tied to health concerns, the WSJ notes, with the American Cancer Society writing that in places where molybdenum is processed locals can experience weakness fatigue and headaches, among other ailments.

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