Chinese official vows justice for Mongolian death

Published:

 

BEIJING (AP) -- A state-run newspaper says the Communist Party chief of China's Inner Mongolia region has met with students and teachers in a bid to assuage public anger over the death of a Mongolian herder run over by a Chinese truck driver.

The herder's death triggered demonstrations this past week in two counties and a nearby city. Such protests are rare for Inner Mongolia, unlike China's other troubled border regions of Tibet and Xinjiang which have erupted in violent protests in recent years.

The Inner Mongolia Daily said Sunday that regional party chief Hu Chunhua reassured students and teachers at a high school that authorities were acting quickly to punish those responsible for the herder's death.