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[12.06.2OO2] Supporters of Beknazarov begin a march to Jalal-Abad

About 1,200 supporters of Deputy Azimbek Beknazarov began on 12 June a walk march from Tash-Komur to Jalal-Abad, center of the southern Jalal- Abad Province. They held protest pickets along the Bishkek-Osh highway near the town of Tash-Komur since 5 June, demanding to release seven picketers detained in Tash-Komur on 8 June, to acquit Beknazarov and to try those responsible for the Aksy bloodshed. Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev responded saying none of their demands would be met. There are reports that one of the detained seven people was released on 11 June and the Interior Ministry reports that about 180 people only gathered near Tash-Komur on 12 June.
 
The regional court of Jalal-Abad set to consider an appeal by Beknazarov on 18 June. His supporters plan to hold protest pickets in Jalal-Abad on 17-18 June. Representatives of the picketers visited Jalal-Abad on 11 June but nobody from the authorities received them. Beknazarov criticized President Askar Akayev for transferring Kyrgyz territories to China and was arrested on 5 January and released on 19 March, however, a town court sentenced him on 24 May to suspended imprisonment. Police killed in the Aksy district six his supporters on 17 and 18 March. Distance between Tash-Komur and Jalal-Abad is about 90 kilometers.
 
RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, June 12, 2002

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