Turkmenistan: Rally Organizers Arrested; Complaints Commission Formed
Remember those 50 demonstrators in Ashgabat who were mad that their homes were being destroyed to make way for some new government buildings? Not surprisingly, police immediately dispersed them, and security agents launched an investigation to find the organizers.
According to chrono-tm.org, an independent web site run by the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights, four women whose names could not be obtained were accused of instigating the action and were arrested. The rest probably had lots of "conversations" with police.
What happened next didn't seem completely according to script. Suddenly, the parliament spoke up about work on a new housing code.. That seemed rather...fortuitous...but there was more.
At a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, the Turkmen leader heard a report from Akja Nurberdyeva, chair of the Mejlis or parliament, on the new housing law and urged the parliament to pick up the pace on it.
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