Mongolians Protest Alleged Theft of Coal Sold to China

6 December 2022 00:30

In Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to protest against corruption in the government's coal sales. Thousands of Mongolians mostly young people held signs and chanted outside the state palace where the offices of the president and other officials are located.

Inflation and reports of coal corruption scandals prompted them to miss work and school to demand an answer from the government. Demonstrators were also demanding that the government investigate claims that 385 thousand tons of coal were stolen from stockpiles on Mongolia’s border with China.

The allegations center on coal from mines controlled by Erdenes Tavan Tolgoi which local media reports said has been placed under state supervision as an investigation is conducted by the government's independent authority against corruption.