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China arrests 130 ethnic Mongolians over language policy protests

Tens of thousands demonstrate against Mandarin requirement in schools

People in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, protest against China's decision to strengthen Mandarin education in Inner Mongolia.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- China has arrested or detained about 130 people in connection with recent protests in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region against compulsory Chinese-language education in elementary and middle schools.

The tally was compiled by Nikkei based on announcements by local authorities on WeChat since the curriculum change was announced in late August. Arrests were reported in the regional capital of Hohhot as well as in Tongliao, Chifeng, Ordos and Bayannur. Allegations cited by authorities include participating in demonstrations, inciting protest on social media and breaking into schools locked down by police.

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