Publication: Monitor Volume: 3 Issue: 120

Residents of the southern town of Kurgon-Tepe yesterday continued a week-long protest rally — apparently encouraged by Col. Mahmud Hudoiberdiev — demanding the restoration of Kurgon-Tepe region and its secession from the Hatlon region. Hudoiberdiev, whose rapid deployment brigade is based in Kurgon-Tepe, is now backing the call for secession and demanding that his own nominee be appointed regional governor by Dushanbe. Hudoiberdiev holds the strategic Fahrabad mountains pass 30 kilometers southeast of Dushanbe, and he threatened yesterday to send troops into the capital unless the government meets his demand regarding Hatlon region. (Voice of Free Tajikistan, NTV, June 18)

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