BEIJING — Riot police have crushed a three-week-long protest against toxic waste from a chemical refinery complex in China’s Inner Mongolia region, according to local villagers and the government.
It was the latest in a series of demonstrations about pollution on the country’s northern grasslands.
A protester named Geegee, posting on social media, said one demonstrator died in a hospital, 100 were injured by baton-wielding officers and 50 were arrested over the weekend. The government announced Monday that it was closing the chemical complex.
“Rubber bullets are being shot at protesters, and high-pressure water guns and tear gas are also being used,” Geegee told the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center (SMHRIC), an exile group advocating for the rights of the region’s ethnic Mongol minority. Many ethnic Mongols use only one name.
“We are not terrorists, we are not separatists, we are only doing this for the sake of this land!” she posted Monday. “Is that a crime?”