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Kyrgyz police officers arrest a protester at an anti-Chinese rally in Ala-Too Square in Bishkek on Thursday. Photo: AFP

Kyrgyz anti-Chinese protesters arrested as fear and anger at Beijing grow

The protesters demanded curbs on work permits for Chinese, a reduction in Kyrgyz debt to Beijing and a ban on Kyrgyz-Chinese marriages. Anger is fuelled by reports of mass detentions of ethnic Kyrgyz in neighbouring Xinjiang, and a mass electricity blackout linked to a Chinese firm.

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