Vendors Rebel in East Turkmenistan
On November 1, a group of approximately 30 vendors from the local market in Lebap region protested the orders issued by the head of the local administration, Khasan Metkuliev, to limit the bazaar’s working hours during the cotton gathering campaign. According to the official’s instructions, the bazaar is open only in the evenings from 18:00 till 22:00, and during the Kurban Bairam celebrations, until21:00. Special police patrolled the bazaar, prohibiting people from working beyond the set hours. There was a lock on the gates of the bazaar, but on November 1, traders broke it, brought their goods and started selling them. It should be noted that the policemen did not interfere, and gradually the market filled up with customers and more traders entered.
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