The 'Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center' (SMHRIC) reported (August 30) that following the central Chinese government's decision to replace Mongolian with Mandarin as the medium of instruction in schools, hundreds of students in school uniform gathered in front of the Tongliao Mongolian Middle School, one of the largest Mongolian schools in Inner Mongolia, chanting “Our mother tongue is Mongolian. Until death, we are Mongolian!” On August 30 evening, a Mongolian student from Sheebert Mongolian Middle School of Horchin Left-Wing Middle Banner reportedly jumped from the building to his death. Reports said that at other schools, students broke through police barricades and left school grounds to join their protesting parents shouting “This is who we are: Mongolians!” Government officials, educational bureau workers, and even some police of Mongolian ethnicity are refusing to execute orders. Reports from Bairin Right Banner confirmed that almost half of the police force of the Banner are Mongolians who are refusing to arrest protestors or take part in any official propaganda activities. Artists, bands, and sports clubs across Southern Mongolia are sending out joint statements to protest the new language policy that was set to take effect September 1, 2020. Colourful signatures with red fingerprints and their names and pictures have gone viral via social media. Elsewhere, overseas Southern Mongolians plan to gather in front of Chinese embassies and consulates in the United States, European countries, Japan, and other capitals. There are plans for a large-scale protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Ulaanbaatar in solidarity with their Mongolian brothers and sisters in Southern Mongolia.

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