China trash incinerator project called off after protest

Authorities in eastern China say they have halted plans to build a trash incinerator after rowdy street protests by residents and arrests of two women.

The Haiyan county government in Zhejiang province said in a statement Friday that residents began to gather illegally Wednesday and blocked roads.

It says the demonstration escalated on Thursday evening when the mob attacked a local government building, smashing objects and causing injuries to police officer and bystanders.

The government says a 19-year-old woman was detained on charges of spreading unverified gory pictures and videos on the Internet, which were viewed more than 5,000 times.

Another woman was charged with spreading insults against local officials.