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We discuss a way of creating, manipulating and detecting anyons in rotating Bose-Einstein condensates consisting of a small number of atoms . By achieving a quasidegeneracy in the atomic motional states we drive the system into a 1/2--Laughlin state for fractional quantum Hall bosons. Localized 1/2--quasiholes can be created by focusing lasers at the desired positions. We show how to manipulate these quasiholes in order to probe directly their 1/2--statistics.doi:10.1103/physrevlett.87.010402 pmid:11461450 fatcat:mwsv6w2qhvenrdjn3wqhxb47kq