Qidong Strengthens Police, Online Protests Continue
On July 28, tens of thousands of residents in Qidong district,
Nantong, Jiangsu Province went on protest.
They attacked the city government building
over Japanese paper mill’s wastewater discharge plan.
The government declared to permanently cancel the project,
but two days later Qidong’s streets are strangely calm.
According to Kyodo News’ report, the Japanese paper mills
affected by the protest will resume operation on July 29.
Local resident said, the regime has gathered huge amounts
of police in Qidong, completely blockading large areas,
including the city government building,
the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) edifice.
Armed police are on guard, police are patrolling the streets,
many full of police buses are awaiting orders.
It’s rumored online that on July 29, fishermen from Lusi
and other areas are going to Qidong to support the protest.
Mr. Dai Baojian from Nantong Gangzha district said,
the protest crowd from the 28th did not disperse, and has continued to gather at the Xiangan Plaza.
The demonstration will continue in the next two days,
armed police from all over Jiangsu were called to Qidong.
Netizen wrote, ‘a storm is coming!’ He called netizens
around the country to continue with their support.
Japanese reporter was beaten by groups of police.
A report by Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun disclosed
information about an incident with its journalist in Qidong.
Atsushi Okudera, a correspondent of its Shanghai Bureau,
was beaten by group of police for covering the protest.
His camera and press ID were confiscated
by the Chinese authorities.
The report says, “Okudera, 41, was attacked while
taking pictures of demonstrators under attack by the police.
He was on the street in front of the municipal
police building in Qidong.
All of a sudden, his camera was seized by police and 15-20
officers surrounded him and shoved him to the ground.
Although Okudera identified himself as a reporter,
police kicked him for about 20 seconds. One of the officers jumped on him.
Police seized his press ID when he showed it to them
after they stopped beating him and didn’t return his camera, which contained images he took of the protest.”
Japanese Consulate General in Shanghai has expressed
strong protest, demanding that police immediately return the camera, and repair it to its original condition.
Asahi Shimbun has also express protest, demanding
that measures need to be taken to prevent such incidents of violence against reporters from happening.