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Martial Law in China in Attempt to Squelch Riots

Posted by w_thames_the_d on May 31, 2011


China news sources report that riots are widespred in China’s inner Mongolia and the how it is now under martial law now. All email and texting services have been blocked as well. The ruckus is about a shephard who was allegedly killed for complaining about t local coal company. Several such instances have plagued China as of late.

One Response to “Martial Law in China in Attempt to Squelch Riots”

  1. hemp said

    According to Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center on the morning of May 23 2011 hundreds of Mongolian herders went on a protest against the Chinese miners brutal killing of a Mongolian herder and the destruction of Mongolian herders grazing land.Photo Credit Handout Reuters Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center BEIJING Chinese authorities sealed off parts of the northern region of Inner Mongolia on Friday in what residents described as martial law to try to quell a fifth day of protests by ethnic Mongolians over the death of a herder in a hit-and-run accident.China keeps a tight grip over Inner Mongolia and other strategic border regions including Tibet and Xinjiang which are home to large numbers of ethnic minorities as well as being rich in natural resources.But Chinas Mongolians who make up less than 20 per cent of the roughly 24 million population of the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region rarely take to the streets unlike Tibetans or Xinjiangs Uighurs making the latest protests highly unusual.Residents in Shuluun Huh Banner or Zheng Lan Qi in Chinese and Left Ujumchin Banner or Xi Wu Qi in Chinese near Inner Mongolias Xilinhot city told Reuters that martial law was imposed on Friday. Its still ongoing with fewer guards right now but some police are on the street.Despite this hundreds of Mongolians defied the tighter security and marched towards the government building in Shuluun Huh Banner before noon said Enghebatu Togochog of the New York-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre.Students have been locked up in their schools and they arent allowed to join in their protests Togochog said adding that one or two high schools and several middle schools have been sealed off.Asked to comment on the protests an official answering the telephone at the Inner Mongolia governments propaganda office said I have no time goodbye before hanging up.An official at the Left Ujumchin Banner where protests took place on Thursday also hung up on being asked about the protests. At the moment police are patrolling the street.An official in the bus station near the government building in Left Ujumchin Banner who refused to give her name said all buses had stopped since the morning because of martial law.The protests were set off by the death earlier this month of a Mongolian herder Mergen who was killed when he was struck by a coal truck.

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