28 May '11, 6am

China must avoid force in Mongolia: Amnesty - Straits Times

BEIJING - LEADING rights group Amnesty urged China on Saturday to avoid a violent crackdown on ethnic Mongolian protesters, who have engaged in five days of protests against Chinese rule in Inner Mongolia. Chinese authorities have ordered martial law in some areas in Inner Mongolia, in the nation's north, where thousands have taken to the streets during five days of protests until Friday, the group said in a statement. The unrest was sparked by the May 10 death of a Mongol herder, allegedly run over by a truck driven by a member of China's dominant Han ethnic group. Amnesty said the truck driver had been arrested and charged. 'Chinese authorities must respect freedom of expression and assembly (and) avoid using unnecessary or excessive force in policing these protests,' Ms Catherine Baber, Asia-Pacific director of London-based Amnesty International, said. 'Given the heavy-...

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