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


Patrick Boehler has written for Foreign Policy, Time, Bloomberg, Le Monde Diplomatique and the Chinese weekly Shidai Zhoubao. He has covered Southeast Asia for the Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung and China's relations with Myanmar for the Myanmese magazine The Irrawaddy, reporting from the trenches of the Kachin civil war and Yangon's tea houses. He began his reporting career in Kuala Lumpur with the Malaysian online news portal Malaysiakini. Before moving to Hong Kong, he worked for Austria's ministries of defence and foreign affairs in Beijing. He studied in Milan, Vienna, Beijing and Hong Kong.

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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