PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 May, 2013, 2:58pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Ai Weiwei shares video of Beijing street brawl 'between Chinese and Tibetans'


Patrick Boehler has published on China and Southeast Asia in four languages for publications in the US, Europe and Asia. After stints with Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Vienna and Beijing, he began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini and, later, The Irrawaddy Magazine, a Myanmar exile publication in Thailand. He holds a doctorate in political science and has taught journalism at the University of Hong Kong. Follow him on Twitter: @mrbaopanrui

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Sunday uploaded this video of a fierce brawl in Beijing's Guijie Street, describing it as a fight between Tibetan and Han Chinese street vendors.

Beijing-based Tibetan activist Tsering Woeser commented in a tweet that she discovered that most Tibetan hawkers belonged to the Qiang ethnic minority from Aba prefecture in Sichuan province.

Around 10,000 Tibetans lived in the capital, a 2011 study estimated. They make up a tiny minority in the megacity of 19.7 million people. According to the 2010 census, about 4 per cent of Beijing's population, or 800,000 people, belonged to ethnic minorities, most of whom were Mongolian or Manchurian.

Ethnic tensions are rarely reported in the capital.



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