The oldest continuously populated country in the world is Mongolia, and it has been living in relative peace since the Mongolian Civil War.
That peace has now ended.
Mongolia’s government announced that on March 14 it was officially abolishing the country’s independence day.
The Mongolian government announced the abolishment of its independence day on March 12.
The announcement came on the anniversary of Mongolia’s independence from China.
The Mongolian People’s Republic had been formally recognized as a country by the United Nations in 1959, but the country remained technically an independent state.
Mongolia’s declaration came as part of a broader crackdown on the country by Mongolian authorities in an attempt to contain growing discontent among ethnic Mongolians and other ethnic minorities.
“The government is declaring March 14 as ‘independence day,’ which means that Mongolia will be formally recognized by the international community as a sovereign state,” the Mongol Government said in a statement.
In the last two decades, the Mongol government has taken aggressive measures against ethnic Mongolian activists and other critics.
After a series of mass demonstrations, which have included the burning of dozens of houses and the killing of more than 200 people, Mongolian President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared a state of emergency in February 2017.
Maintaining that state of crisis meant the Mongolians could no longer formally celebrate their independence.
The government in Mongolia is now officially abolish the independence day of Mongolia.
Mourners pay tribute at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Mongol Cultural Center in the city of Ulan Bator, Mongolia.
(Photo by Rolf Scholz/AFP/Getty Images)Mongolian President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov said on March 13 he would declare March 14 the “national day of independence” of Mongolia, a move that has already led to widespread protests across the country.
The government has also said it will move to revoke the passports of those who had been granted passports after being granted them under a program known as the “Tillagang” program.
Many Mongolians, especially ethnic Mongol, see the government’s crackdown as part and parcel of the ethnic cleansing campaign that began in the early 2000s.
Mongolian police have killed at least 13 ethnic Mongol protesters in the last year, and have shot at dozens more as they hunt down other critics, including women, people of color and human rights defenders.
In addition to the government, hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets in recent weeks in support of the activists.
Despite the government declaring independence from Beijing, the Mongols have maintained ties with the United States, as they did under former President Donald Trump.
In 2016, the United Kingdom awarded Mongolia the Royal Warrant of Friendship, the highest civilian honor in the United Nation’s Human Rights Council.
Mongolia was also awarded the same honor during the year, although the U.S. awarded it to Mongolia in 2019.