The trigger for the latest protest in Khorog was the
unsolved killing of another former warlord who fought the
government in a 1992-97 civil war and enjoyed support among the
population of the Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region.
Protesters pitched tents on the town square. Several of the
participants said by telephone that police, not troops, were
watching from a distance. There was no sign of violence.
“We’re here to show the authorities that you cannot kill us
in our homes during the night,” one of the protesters, who gave
his first name as Dodikhudo, told Reuters by telephone. “As long
as the troops remain in Gorno-Badakhshan, we won’t be leaving.”