Death for Chinese man in case that fueled protests

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Posted: Jun 21, 2011 9:52 AM
Death for Chinese man in case that fueled protests

Chinese state media say a man has been sentenced to death in a case that fueled the biggest ethnic protests in Inner Mongolia in two decades.

The Xinhua News Agency says Sun Shuning was sentenced Tuesday after being convicted of killing Yan Wenlong on May 15 during a dispute between coal mine operators and local residents protesting pollution.

The swiftness and severity of the sentence demonstrate the government's desire to soothe anger among Mongols, who took to the streets over that and another case. The protesters demanded justice and greater protection for Mongol culture and the traditional herding lifestyle.

Earlier, a Chinese truck driver was sentenced to death for killing an ethnic Mongol herder by dragging him under his truck on May 10.