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7 Sep, 2009 05:00

Mongolia for Mongolians

Mongolia has been an independent country for almost a century, but some nationalists there say they fear that the time when it was under the control of the Chinese is returning.

Nationalists in Mongolia say Chinese people who live in their country today pose a threat to Mongolian ethnicity.

Fears among Mongolians that they will be extinct are spreading throughout the population of approximately 2.5 million people, and those who say they are fighting to prevent mixed blood display their intentions in an obvious way.

RT approached several skinheads on the streets of Mongolian capital Ulan Bator. It turned out that they believe the main threat for Mongolia comes from neighboring China.

“They come here and seduce our women and we are fighting for the purity of our nation. We feel pressured by the Chinese,” said a young man with a swastika on his black T-shirt. “We are getting ready to change that. We will use force, if we have to, to get them out of here. We are teaching the new generation about national values and soon we'll be ready for a revolution.”

A small cafe in the center of the city calls itself a themed restaurant. Locals say there's nothing special about the way it is decorated – SS memorabilia, swastikas and Nazi propaganda posters – despite the fact that such paraphernalia is banned extensively in Europe.

Zagaz is the leader of the nationalistic organization “Entire Mongolia”. When asked about his hair style, which resembles Hitler’s, he says it is a national hairdo. He doesn't trust his government as he says the authorities have Chinese blood and are not true Mongolians.

His organization tracks down the Chinese and Koreans who work illegally on Mongolian territory and exposes them to the authorities.

Zagaz’s manner is defiant and belligerent:

“There was a country called Manchuria about 90 years ago. Now the nation doesn't exist. They have mixed with the Chinese and now they look Chinese, they have their bone structure. The 21st century is the century of nationality. Like the Nazis, we want to fight for the purity of our nation.”

Swastikas can be seen everywhere in Ulan Bator. In Mongolian culture it is a sign of eternity and luck. However, in combination with SS uniforms it sends out a very different message. Even though fascism is not forbidden in the country, the display of it does raise objections among the majority.