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Mongolian PM Meets With Protesters Over Millions in Missing Coal

  • People are demonstrating on reports of stolen government coal
  • Demonstrations have been happening since Sunday in the capital
Demonstrators protest alleged corruption in the coal industry in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Dec. 5.

Demonstrators protest alleged corruption in the coal industry in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Dec. 5.

Photographer: Byambasuren Byamba-Ochir/AFP/Getty Images

Mongolia’s prime minister met with protesters in sub-zero temperatures to try and calm public anger about an estimated $120 million worth worth of missing coal. 

Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene Luvsannamsrai met with protesters Wednesday to ask the crowd to trust government to investigate and punish “coal thieves,” according to news agency Ikon.mn. People have been demonstrating since Sunday in the capital Ulaanbaatar to protest reports that 385,000 tons of coal was missing from stockpiles at the border with China.