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Women Merchants Take Property Case To Tajik President

Women from the closed Zarnisor market talk to a reporter during their protest.
DUSHANBE -- A group of women merchants held a demonstration in front of the Tajik president's office asking him to intervene in a controversial property case, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

The women ran shops in Dushanbe's Zarnisor market, which the economic court closed last September in order to free the land for development.

A spokesperson for Dushanbe's mayor told RFE/RL that the market was built on illegally privatized property, but merchant Habiba Talbakova said that the market ran for 13 years and the shops were legal.

She suggested that officials had neglected to file the proper documentation.

A presidential spokesperson said the country's highest court will reopen the case.