Tajikistan: Opposition Figure Attacked by Mob
One of the few opposition figures still remaining in Tajikistan was assaulted last week in an incident he is describing as politically motivated.
Rahmatillo Zoirov, head of the Social Democratic Party, said on his Facebook account on November 14 that he was attacked by a group of two men and one woman while he was taking his dog for a walk. The incident took place on November 9.
Many opposition politicians have been forced to flee the country or been arrested in the past two years, but Zoirov’s relatively low-profile appears to have sheltered from worse treatment.
Zoirov said that the attack began with a women in her mid- to late thirties verbally berating him in the street, shouting: “You don’t deserve to call yourself a Muslim, you damned Uzbek, you don’t even say your prayers.” Later, the woman was joined by a young man, who also hurled insults at Zoirov.
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