“We pay respect to the residents’ opinion and will not apply for approval for the project,” Wu Yuxiong, mayor of Heshan, said during a news conference Saturday.

The people’s victory follows similar successes. In May, protests in Shanghai forced battery maker Shanghai Guoxuan New Energy Co. to abandon plans for a factory on the outskirts of the city. And a planned petrochemical plant spurred demonstrations in the southwestern city of Kunming.

“Chinese civil society is getting stronger,” Chinese University of Hong Kong professor Willy Wo-Lap Lam told Bloomberg News. “People now realize if their numbers are big enough, if they are united and stand their ground, the government will back down.”

Bloomberg continues:

The Longwan project was owned by China National Nuclear Corporation, the main body of the country’s nuclear technology industry.


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