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Tajikistan: North Protests Militia Operations

Dushnabe, 13 May 1997 (RFE/RL) - A group in the Leninabad Region of northern Tajikistan is calling on international organizations to appeal to the Tajik government to call off security operations connected with the investigation into the April 30 attempt on the life the Tajik president.

In a statement released today, the group said a mass of arrests have taken place in which many innocent people have been taken away to Dushanbe along with suspects in the attack. Some are participants in the northern demonstrations which happened last May.

The statement also said that while the people of Leninabad support the government and militia any investigations must be conducted within the boundaries of law so as not to repeat mistakes made in 1992-93 during the Tajik civil war.