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Jueves, 3 de julio de 2008 - 17:31 GMT
Violencia en Mongolia
(Foto: Jude Mak/ AFP/ Getty Images)
Hubo fuertes protestas en las calles de Ulán Bator, la capital de Mongolia, por supuesto fraude electoral.

Mongolia violence.

The President of Mongolia has declared a four-day state of emergency in his country after a day of violence between protestors and police that sent dozens of people to hospital and left several buildings ablaze.

Michael Kohn reports from the capital, Ulan Bator:

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Violence rocked the Mongolian capital throughout the day and well into the night as protestors clashed with police and set fire to state buildings.

The violence comes after Sunday's election, won by the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party, the MPRP.

The opposition Democrats and their supporters cried foul, accusing the MPRP of stealing the election, alleging voting irregularities and fraud.

At 11.30pm, Mongolian National Television interrupted its broadcast of the violence to announce a state of emergency.

In a ten-point proclamation the president ordered a lockdown of the city, including a 10pm curfew, a ban on alcohol sales and a stoppage of all private media.

Public gatherings and the use of loudspeakers have also been banned as a way to prevent further demonstrations.

Despite the proclamations, violence continued into the night. After setting fire to the MPRP headquarters, opposition supporters attacked a police station where some protestors had been detained.

More than 60 people were injured, about half of those were policemen. There are reports of looting and bank robberies. The protestors have also set fire to the Cultural Palace, home to a theatre and a national gallery.

Michael Kohn, BBC News, Ulan Bator.

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violence rocked the Mongolian capital
La violencia sacudió la capital mongola

cried foul
proviene de la expresión "foul play" que significa juego sucio (deportes). En este caso significa que denunciaron que era injusto, o que hubo juego sucio.

stealing the election
robarse las elecciones

alleging
alegando

fraud
fraude

proclamation
proclamación

a lockdown
"lockdown" es un término que se usa habitualmente en las cárceles. Indica que los prisioneros deben permanecer dentro de sus celdas y no pueden entrar y salir, o circular dentro de la prisión. En este caso el presidente de Mongolia impuso una medida similar dentro de la ciudad.

curfew
toque de queda

detained
detenidos

looting
saqueo



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