Rights Group Reports New Protest in China’s Inner Mongolia
A human rights group in New York has reported that new protests have broken out in Inner Mongolia. Protests broke out in the region in May after an ethinc Mongolia herder was struck and killed by a Han truck driver. Reuters reports:
In the latest incident, herders protested against the local government for allowing a Han Chinese businessman “to illegally grab a large piece of their grazing land for cultivation”, the New York-based Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre said.
The businessman “hired more than 200 Chinese to kill dozens of livestock with their heavy vehicles and bulldozers and to beat up local Mongolian herders who resisted the occupation of their land”, it said in a statement received on Sunday.
A herder called Baatar “was brutally beaten up by these Chinese on the morning of July 18, while he was tending his sheep on his grazing land”, the group added, saying dozens of others were also hospitalised.
The Bairin Right Banner government, where the latest incident happened, sent some 300 riot police and officials to quell the unrest, it said. The local government could not immediately be reached for comment.