Neo-Nazis Attack Chinese Tourists in Mongolia
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A recent attack on Chinese tourists in Mongolia by neo-Nazi group Khukh Mongol (Blue Mongolia) got the attention of top Mongolian officials after pictures and video of the assault spread on the web, Xinhuanet reported.
A number of neo-Nazi groups have formed in Mongolia recently, advocating ultranationalism and anti-foreigner sentiments. The tourists were visiting Burkhan Khaldun mountain in Khentii province, eastern Mongolia last Saturday when the neo-Nazis assaulted, taunted them, and forced one to kneel. The tourists returned to China without reporting the incident to police or the Chinese Embassy, but once the images and videos made it online, Mongolian society and media reacted strongly.
Erdene Bat-Uul, mayor of Mongolia’s capital of Ulan Bator's officially apologized for the assault, pledging to hold the perpetrators accountable.
"I officially apologize to the Chinese citizens for the immoral behavior [of the extremists]," Bat-Uul said. The mayor said he felt ashamed for what had happened, which was a violation of Mongolia's Constitution and criminal law.
Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj said in a public speech Friday that extreme nationalism is harmful, and Mongolia should be a responsible, friendly, and open country.
The Chinese Embassy in Mongolia had strong words, condemning the assault which “violated the personal dignity and safety of the Chinese citizens,” and demanding the neo-Nazis be brought to justice.
The embassy also demanded more protection of Chinese citizens in the country, and a safe work and living environment for them.
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