Last week, villagers in China attacked a metalwork factory that was polluting the local environment. The incident is only one in a series of confrontations that have taken place in recent months. Social unrest, driven by environmental concerns, is on the rise in China.
Residents of Baha, a town in the southwestern province of Yunnan, blamed the factory for air pollution that has been settling on their crops, making them impossible to sell. Last week, the villagers destroyed equipment and offices after the factory manager refused to meet with them and discuss their concerns. The vandalism led to a clash with police and the subsequent arrest of a number of protestors.