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Mongolia shaken by widening loan scandal

Business owners protest over preferential benefits for officials

A man protests outside the State Palace in Ulaanbaatar on Wednesday @Byamba-Ochir Byambasuren

ULAANBAATAR -- Braving subzero temperatures, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside Mongolia's State Palace on Nov. 14 to demand prosecutions of officials caught in a widening loan scandal.

"I'm here to fight against the crooks who stole from the people, and I will fight until they face justice," said Munkhtsetseg Ulzii-togtokh, a shopkeeper in her 60s.

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