Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Meishan County, Zhejiang, China - Villagers in Meishan County set fire to factory buildings owned by the Tian Neng Battery Co. to protest the amount of toxic waste it was dumping. A number of police cars were also burned and dozens injured when police officers tried to intervene on behalf of the factory owners. The factory is responsible for a large amount of lead pollution which has found its way into the local food and water supply. A number of children have died and others have suffered growth problems.