Mongolia en In Mongolia, thousands catch the protest bug <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Uighurs, Tibetans and now Mongolians are taking to the streets. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Emily Lodish </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> <a href="">Thousands of Mongolians</a> took to the streets Wednesday, demanding better protection of their rights after a herder was hit by a truck, rights groups reported.</p> <p> Ethnic Mongolians in China&#39;s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region rarely express dissent toward Chinese rule, but the death of a herder named Mergen has proven an exception.&nbsp;</p> <p> Mergen had been among the herders trying to block a caravan of coal trucks from destroying their grazing lands. On May 10, he was run over by a truck driven by an ethnic Han Chinese. One report said Mergen&#39;s body was dragged for nearly 500 feet.</p> <p> Inner Mongolia covers more than 10 percent of China&rsquo;s land area and is now the country&rsquo;s biggest coal producer. As its resources become more in demand, well, you can guess what happens next.</p> <p> The Chinese government has been relocating more than 250,000 nomads from Inner Mongolia, under the guise of protecting the grasslands.</p> <p> Mongolians see it differently. They are already hugely outnumbered by Han Chinese (ethnic Mongols are 17 percent of the Inner Mongolia&#39;s 23 million), and they say they are now being further marginalized.</p> <p> But this isn&#39;t a story about how a bad situation in one remote area led to a rare act of protest. This is the story that reminds us of Asia&#39;s many moments of dissent, even in cultures not prone to making a fuss over criticism.</p> <p> Consider others who have protested Chinese rule.</p> <p> Tibetans rose up in 2008, though that didn&#39;t end well. China cracked down vehemently, killing (by many accounts) well over 100 people. In the years since, a more quiet, <a href="">metered form of resistance</a> has emerged in Tibet.</p> <p> The <a href="">Uighurs rioted en masse</a> in the far-western region of Xinjiang in 2009. Nearly 200 people were killed during the mayhem.</p> <p> In recent weeks, authorities have <a href="">detained hundreds of Tibetan monks</a> for &quot;legal education&quot; in Sichuan after a monk set himself on fire.</p> <p> There are the <a href="">Red Shirts in Thailand</a>, who occupied major portions of Bangkok in their quest to topple the government in 2010.</p> <p> And even in Japan, a country where conformity is highly valued, anti-nuke rallies have become common in recent weeks. Demonstrators have gathered in Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto to <a href="">openly criticize the government</a>&rsquo;s response to the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown.</p> <p> But don&#39;t expect to see the masses rising up with any reliability in China.</p> <p> Though an estimated <a href="">100,000 &ldquo;mass incidents&rdquo;</a> occur in China every year, they tend to arise over hyperlocal issues in far-flung, more under-developed areas (like, say, Inner Mongolia).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Arab Spring China Japan Tsunami Mongolia Tibet Uighurs China Japan The Rice Bowl Wed, 25 May 2011 22:53:28 +0000 Emily Lodish 5647385 at From Swaziland to Papua to Georgia, here are the world's forgotten revolutions <p> LONDON &mdash; From Swaziland to Papua to Georgia, here&#39;s what the media have been neglecting &mdash; and why.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Albania Arab Spring Burma China Egypt Georgia Libya Mongolia Myanmar Swaziland Syria Uighurs World Leaders Yemen Conflict Zones Europe China Culture & Lifestyle Middle East Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:29:00 +0000 Barry Neild 5649774 at Mongolia: where motherhood merits a medal <p> NEW YORK &mdash; Do government incentives to have children in the form of cash bonuses work?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mongolia Asia-Pacific Aid Opinion Health Tue, 08 Nov 2011 11:16:35 +0000 Rahul Jayaram 5678962 at Ex-Mongolian President Enkhbayar Nambar freed on bail <p> State anti-corruption investigators accuse the 53-year-old, long-time rival of the country&rsquo;s current president of misusing state assets whilst in power.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mongolia World Leaders Asia-Pacific Mon, 14 May 2012 18:16:38 +0000 Luke Browne 5704204 at Why Mongolians don't care <p>ULAN BATOR, Mongolia &mdash; After Mongolia&#39;s 2008 parliamentary elections, widespread riots resulted in about 700 arrests, five deaths and many injuries. Before the polls on June 28, onlookers wondered if they should expect the same. But this time around, despite a high unemployment rate and mining wealth that hasn&#39;t exactly trickled down, Mongolia&#39;s elections were a big yawn. <a href="">Voter turnout was low</a> at just over 65 percent, which was down from more than 95 percent in 1992. 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