Mongolian Shepherd Hanged Himself to Protest Land Seizures by Chinese Authorities

Mongolian Shepherd Hanged Himself
People from the Mongolian minority protesting in China - SMHRIC

A shepherd of the Mongolian ethnic minority hanged himself at the gate of a government building in China, protesting against land seizures made by the authorities, announced Tuesday a group advocating for Mongols rights.
This suicide dating back to January 19, comes amid recent protests by members of the Mongolian ethnic group, who claim to be being driven out of their traditional grazing lands, according to the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC).
According to NGO based in the United States, the Mongolian shepherd named Tumur committed suicide after taking part in protests to demand sanctions against corrupt local officials.
The NGO has released a photo showing the 45-year-old shepherd hung on the gate of a government building and a video showing a demonstration Monday in Hohhot, the prefecture of the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia.
About 300 farmers gathered in the town to denounce the policy of the authorities to force thousands of shepherds to leave their land.
The members of the Mongolian ethnic minority in China – 6 million approximately – denounce the mining and urban development activities, which are encroaching on their land and undermining their nomadic culture.



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