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

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


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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.