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About 1,000 Demonstrate In Southwestern Tajik Border Town

Tursun-zade, May 17 (RFE/RL) -- Our correspondent in Dushanbe reports that about 1,000 people have been demonstrating since Wednesday about economic issues in Tajikistan's southwestern border city of Tursun-zade.

The demonstrators are demanding the opening of the border with neighboring Uzbekistan, and for money to be distributed from last year's cotton harvest. They also want a replacement for the provincial administrator there.

Tursun-zade witnessed a military rebellion in January and February that culminated in a negotiated solution. But demonstrators there this week said government promises made at the negotiations have not yet been fulfilled.

Violent demonstrations flared this week in northeastern Tajikistan, and fighting also was reported yesterday in central Tajikistan between Islamic opposition fighters and government troops.