Update: After Riot Over Polluting Factories, Villagers Turn To Beijing Lawyer (May 14)

October 26, 2005

In mid-April, villagers in Huaxi village, Zhejiang province, began to protest the operation of factories that cause devastating pollution in their village. The villagers recently hired a lawyer to represent them in a court case, claiming that the factories were built illegally, according to a report on May 14 in the South China Morning Post (subscription only).

Since the riots ended, police detained a journalist, and the April 20 edition of the South China Morning Post (subscription only) reports that at least one protester, Wang Zhongfa, was arrested and charged with inciting rebellion against the government.