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This rather dull Soviet era building would never have become a tourist attraction before the riots that took place in the city on the night of July 1st, 2008. The riots happened after allegations of vote rigging and election fraud after General Elections were held on June 29th. Anti-MPRP protesters gathered in front of the MPRP headquarters, clashed with the police, and set the building on fire. Police used batons, water cannons, tear gas, and rubber bullets. Around midnight local time, President Nambaryn Enkhbayar declared a state of emergency for the following four days. The Cultural Palace, north of the MPRP headquarters, was also set on fire. I was in Mongolia, but not in UB, at the time of the riots and watched, in disbelief, what was unfolding on TV along with my driver and tour guide at our ger camp restaurant in the Hustai National Park. When I came back to UB, this now burnt out building next door to the posh 5-star Ulaanbaatar Hotel, is an unwanted blot in the main tourist part of the city centre and has become a tourist attraction in its own right.

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  • Written Sep 25, 2008
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