30 Jun '11, 9am

New unrest in #China's Mongol region, one month after widespread protests.

BEIJING - RIOT police have moved in to put down fresh unrest by ethnic Mongols in northern China, a month after widespread protests over resource exploitation and Chinese rule, a rights group said on Thursday. Mongol students and traditional herders in the Inner Mongolia region marched last Friday to a lead mine that they blame for discharging toxic waste into the local environment, the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center said. But about 50 riot police moved in a day later, beating or taking away 'many' protesters, it said. The fate of those taken away was unknown, it added. China has tightened security while pledging repeatedly to address environmental problems stemming from rampant mining following protests last month across Inner Mongolia that were sparked by the death of a Mongol herder. The herder was struck and killed on May 10 by a coal-mining truck d...

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