Gunfire Heard Outside Mongolian Parliament Today, Montsame Says

September 19 04:27 2013 Print This Article  2013-09-16

By Michael Kohn
Mongolia put its parliament
building on lock-down after shots were fired during a protest
outside over plans to relax mining regulations meant to protect
the environment, the state-owned Montsame News Agency said.
No one was hurt by the gunfire and four to five people were
arrested, Montsame said. The parliament building, called
Government House, was reopened soon after, it said.
The demonstration involved 10 groups protesting proposed
amendments that would relax a law that prohibits mining at
headwaters of rivers, forest areas and protected zones of water
reservoirs, according to the report. Parliament opened an
extraordinary session today to discuss the amendments.
The protesters brandished weapons and said they would
resort to armed conflict if the regulations were changed.
One of the groups involved in today’s protest, called Gal
Undesten, or Fire Nation, has used violence in the past.
Activists from the group shot at bulldozers at a gold mine in
Selenge province in 2010 and shot arrows at Government House the
next year.

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