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Villagers protest caste system

VILLAGERS are protesting at a caste system imposed by local government in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region where some are allocated less land acquisition money and benefits.

The hierarchy system is not rare in villages around Baotou City and each family's status is hereditary, which has fueled outcry against discrimination, reported Southern Metropolis Daily today.

The five-rank system has changed the relationship between villagers in Yinliuyao Village, an unnamed villager told China National Radio. Young people from a first-class family would never think about marrying a lower-level villager.

Those who settled in the village before 1963 form the elite. Those who settled after that date are classified into four castes according to when they arrived. Villagers in lower levels get less land acquisition money and those on the bottom layer get nothing, the report said.

Village government head Yin Jiangang said the rule was set in 1997, and said lower-level villagers couldn't topple the system because first-class villagers formed the majority.


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