Tajikistan: Thousands Demand Government Troops Out of Restive East
Aug 23, 2012
Thousands of protestors have rallied overnight and through a second day in Tajikistan's restive eastern town of Khorog – scene of violent clashes between government troops and rebels last month – demanding Dushanbe withdraw its soldiers.
The rallies began after the unexplained killing of former warlord and local powerbroker Imomnazar Imomnazarov early on August 22. Dushanbe blames Imomnazarov for participating in the July violence, which left dozens dead, but denies any involvement in his murder. Protestors say local residents had fulfilled government demands to disarm and dismantle barricades in the town of 20,000 on the Afghan border, and say the death, which many attribute to government security forces, has violated an uneasy truce.
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