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Demonstrators shoot arrows at Mongolian government house
ULAN BATOR, June 3 (Xinhua) -- About 50 demonstrators on horseback circled the Mongolian government house on Friday and fired arrows at it to protest the lack of a referendum on parliamentary elections.
The protestors were lead by Munkhbayar Tsetsgee, an environmental activist and the head of "Fire Nation," a coalition of environmental and political groups.
"We have waited for more than 60 days for answer of our demand, which is to hold nationwide referendum on conducting parliamentary election without participation of political parties. Now we will take our next action," Tsetsgee said.
Togtokhnyam, the legal advisor of Mongolia's special security agency, said the "government house is a special facility protected by law."
"We demand that you stop your illegal activities," he said. "If necessary, we will take necessary actions required by law."
About 200 impoverished herdsmen protested in April in the central square of Ulan Bator to demand the resignation of the government and the dissolution of parliament over mining deals with foreign countries.
The protestors demanded snap elections but said they did not want political parties that have become pawns of foreigners to take part, according to Tsetsgee, who won the international environmental "Goldman Prize" in 2007.
Parliament said it is impossible to hold elections without participation of political parties. Mongolia will have parliamentary elections in 2012.