Ethnic Mongolian Anti-Pollution Protesters Anger China: One dead and 50 arrested after pollution protest

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Disturbance one of many in recent years by ethnic Mongols over pollution and land grabs in vast autonomous region


Ethnic Mongolian protesters confront police in Naiman county in Inner Mongolia on Monday. Photo: SMHRIC

Ethnic Mongolian protesters confront police inNaiman county in Inner Mongolia on Monday. Photo:SMHRIC

One person died and 50 were arrested after some 2,000 police, using rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons, put down a protest by villagers against pollution from a chemical plant in China’s Inner Mongolia, an overseas human rights group said.

Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region almost the size of Tibet that stretches from Heilongiang province almost to Xinjiang, has seen sporadic unrest since 2011 when the region was rocked by protests after an ethnic Mongol herder was killed by a truck after taking part in demonstrations against pollution caused by a coal mine.

Ethnic Mongols, who make up less than 20 per cent of Inner Mongolia’s 24 million population, say their grazing lands have been ruined…

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