Inner Asia 10 (2008): 353–65 © 2008 Global Oriental Ltd The End of post-socialism? An account of the 1st of July riots in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia GRÉGORY DELAPLACE, CHRISTOPHER KAPLONSKI & DAVID SNEATH University of Cambridge On 1 July, 2008, rioters set fire to the headquarters building of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) following allegations of electoral fraud. The MPRP have held the majority of seats in the Ih Hural (Parliament) for most of the post-socialist period, and early returns gave them a majority in the Parliamentary elections on 29 June. In the riot, five people died and Mongolia’s first state of emergency since the collapse of socialism in 1990 was declared. Post-socialist Mongolia is no stranger to protests, and indeed, allegations of voting fraud on the part of both the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Party (MPRP) and the Democratic Party (or any of its almost innumerable predeces- sors or coalitions of the moment) have marred almost every election. Yet the riot of 1 July was radically new, both in the fact that people lost their lives and the extent of the destruction. In comparison, the democratic revolution that unfolded over the winter of 1989–90 was decidedly peaceful. (A
Inner Asia – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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