Tibetans Renew Protest Over Land Seized for Highway
More than a hundred Tibetans in northwestern China’s Gansu province on Wednesday protested the seizure of farmland for the construction of highways tied to state-linked gold mining and industrial activities they say are polluting the environment, according to sources in the area. The protest by banner-carrying residents of a town in Gansu’s Sangchu (in Chinese, Xiahe) county came two weeks after other local demonstrations over government seizure of Tibetan land, and quickly drew police to the protest site, sources said.
“On April 2, Tibetans living in Hortsang township in Sangchu county staged a protest against government authorities for seizing Tibetan land for the construction of a highway,” a local resident told RFA’s Tibetan Service. Though some Tibetan families have been paid “meager amounts” in compensation for their property, “other families were not given anything at all,” RFA’s source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Chinese police detain 39 in new Mongol unrest
(Reuters) – Chinese police detained at least 39 ethnic Mongol herders protesting over land rights in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, a U.S.-based rights group said on Thursday, in the latest incident of unrest in the coal-rich region. The protests in Inner Mongolia are the latest flare up of ethnic tension in China, which is the scene of sporadic violence in both the far western Xinjiang region and in Tibetan areas, which have long chaffed at Chinese rule.
The herders were detained on Monday when more than 100 people demonstrated outside a local government building and the Inner Mongolian city of Bayannur, the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center said in a statement. Protesters told the rights group that riot police beat them with electric batons. Ethnic Mongols in China have long complained that mining and desertification have destroyed their traditional grazing lands, and that the government has forced them to settle in permanent dwellings in defiance of their herding traditions. The protests came after Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited the region last week. Demonstrators protested in the regional capital of Hohhot from March 26 to March 28, the group said, calling for an end to “illegal land grabs” and for Han Chinese miners and farmers to vacate traditional grasslands.
Protests against proposed chemical plant in Maoming spread in Guangdong
A protest against a proposed chemical project in Maoming has spread to other cities in Guangdong. About 20 people took to the streets in downtown Shenzhen on Thursday morning in heavy rains, demanding authorities halt the Maoming project. On Tuesday, 200 people took to the streets of Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, as part of the same demonstration.