Calm returns after Mongolia clashes

Tight security two days after violent protests over alleged vote rigging.

    Protesters ransacked the offices of the ruling MPRP party during Tuesday's violence [AFP]

    Nambaryn Enkhbayar, the president, declared a four-day emergency late on Tuesday after thousands of rock-throwing protesters clashed with police as they mobbed the headquarters of the ruling Mongolian People's Revolutionary party (MPRP) and set it on fire.

    The demonstrators also attacked the General Election Commission, demanding that officials resign.

    Call for calm

    Five people were reportedly killed in 
    Tuesday's violence [AFP]
    Enkhbayar, a member of the MPRP, has reportedly pledged to investigate "any irregularities" in the election and appealed for calm.

    Police and troops imposed a 10pm to 8am curfew, and downtown streets were nearly deserted on Wednesday night.

    The president's nine-point decree also allowed police to use force in dealing with demonstrators, who had reportedly also looted an art gallery and government buildings.

    Mongolia's national news agency Montsame said five people died in Tuesday's violence in which officers used tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon to beat back rioters wielding bricks and iron rods.

    The report did not say how they died.

    There were 220 people injured in the unrest, including a Japanese reporter, Montsame added.

    A foreign ministry official said about 1,000 people had been detained.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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