Beijing: Acknowledging that mass protests in
inner Mongolia sparked by the killing of an ethnic Mongol while objecting to a coal mine run by Chinese Hans, the Chinese official media however played it down by saying that
it is more of a social conflict than an ethnic clash.
The scale of mass protests during the past few days in
relatively peaceful inner Mongolia, compared to restive Muslim
Uygur majority Xinjiang and Tibet, which witnessed periodic
ethnic unrests surprised Chinese officials.
Reports from the region said that spurred by calls on
microblogs in the internet, the entire province came to
standstill with ethnic Mongols resorting to mass protests in
schools, colleges and local institutions.
The official media here now acknowledged that the mass
protests were sparked off by clash between local Mongolian
residents and Han workers manning a coal mine not as a traffic
accident projected earlier.
"Residents living near a mine in Abag Banner complained
about noise, dust and water pollution from the coal mine,
ultimately resulting in a clash between the residents and the
miners on May 15", state run Xinhua newsagency reported.
About 14 people were injured in the conflict, which was
defused by local police.
Later that day, some local residents drove to the coal
mine, smashed the mine office`s windows and fought with the
During the conflict, forklift driver Sun Shuning, drove
his vehicle into Yan Wenlong 22-year-old ethnic Mongol.
Yan sustained serious head injuries and died at the
scene, according to local police.