Mongolians fight back over China’s move to turf their language
Meddling in school curriculum meets unusual dissent, but Beijing replies with even more heavy-handedness
Mass protests have erupted across northern China as tens of thousands of ethnic Mongolian pupils and their parents rally against plans to phase out teaching in their native language.
The rare display of dissent in the Inner Mongolian cities of Tongliao, Ordos and the regional capital, Hohhot, began last week in opposition to a move by Beijing to gradually shift the language of instruction in schools from Mongolian to Mandarin Chinese in three key subjects.
According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), pupils have boycotted classes and kneeling children at one school chanted: “Our language is Mongolian, and our homeland is Mongolia forever! Our mother tongue is Mongolian, and we will die for our mother tongue!”..