Controversial rap song banned and deleted from websites
|On 29 May 2011, one day before a planned large-scale Mongolian demonstration in Hohhot, the regional capital of Southern Mongolia, a rap song was banned and removed from all Chinese Internet sites immediately after it was posted, reported The Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center.
The rap song was dedicated to Mergen, a Mongolian herder who was brutally killed on 10 May 2011 by a Chinese coal hauling truck in Southern Mongolia, or Inner Mongolia, as it is also termed, an autonomous region of China, located in the northern region of the country which shares an international border with the independent country Mongolia.
According to the information centre, the author and singer of the song is a Mongolian college student from Tongliao City in the eastern part of the region. Since the publication of his song on the Internet on 29 May 2011, he was repeatedly summoned to the local Chinese State Security Bureau and warned not to go online or have any contact with outsiders. His friends then were reported to have lost contact with him, and SMRHIC wrote on 20 August: “Currently we do not have any contact with him. He might be under the authorities’ tight control.”
In May 2011, frustrated Mongolian herders organised to block the Chinese mining trucks from passing through their grazing land, and in the night of 10 May, while one of the organisers of the Mongolian herders of Right Ujumchin, 35-year-old Mergen, was blocking a caravan of hundreds of Chinese coal haulers from passing through, he was intentionally run over by a truck.
A Chinese truck driver allegedly shouted: “Killing a Mongol at most will cost us 400,000 RMB and our boss has plenty of it!”
The incident sparked large-scale protests and demonstrations by Mongol students and herders across the region against resource exploitation and environmental damage in the vast region of rolling plains and deserts. Chinese authorities declared martial law in major cities of the Mongolian region including Hohhot, Tongliao, Ulaanhad (Chifing in Chinese), and Dongsheng, and tight security was imposed to stop any protest or unrest.
In June 2011, a Chinese court sentenced the coal truck driver, Li Lindong, to death because he had run over Mergen, and three other persons were also convicted over the death, according to the state-owned Chinese news agency.
Immediately after it appeared on the Internet, many Chinese micro blogs and Internet discussion forums quickly disseminated the song. This was picked up within several hours by the Chinese Internet censorship apparatus which removed it from all sites in China.
The song was posted on one of the most popular Chinese social media sites, tuiyia.com, the Chinese equivalent of twitter.com, but was removed immediately.
The links appeared to be live but returned the following message ‘The file cannot be downloaded due to its controversial contents’.
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The following is SMHRIC’s English translation of the lyrics:
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Google News – continuously updated:
Search: “mergen” + “mongolia”
The original song in mp3-format:
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SMHRIC – 13 June 2011:
‘Rap Song Dedicated to Mergen Banned’
TibetArchive on YouTube.com – 26 May 2011:
‘Mongolians Protest Chinese Miner’s Brutal Killing of a Mongolian Herder & China’s Mining Policies’
BBC News – 25 May 2011:
‘China Mongols protest in Xilinhot over shepherd’s death’
Mongol News, The UB Post – 26 July 2011:
‘Mongolian music changed by time’
Blog comment about music censorship in Mongolia 20 years ago
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