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Hunger strike can bring the Ingushs to prison?2012-10-31 18:07
Two days ago, at about 3 am, the Ingush opposition tried to start a mass hunger strike in the city of Nazran. 95 people, among whom there were old men and women, have announced an indefinite hunger strike demanding the resignation of the head of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov and implementation of the law "On the Rehabilitation of Repressed Peoples". However, the strike ended quickly - with the arrest and beating of the participants.
Initially, the opposition appealed to the Imam of the central mosque Khizir Tseloyev to let them ude the building of the central mosque for the action, but were refused. After that they went to the mall "Kovcheg", belonging to one of the leaders of the opposition movement "Mekhk-Khel" Idris Abadiyev.
A few hours after the beginning of the action mayor of Nazran Alikhan Tumgoyev and an employee of prosecutor's office Aslanbek Ozdoyev came to the strike participants to negotiate. They tried to convince the strikers to interrupt the strike due to the upcoming remembrance ceremonies on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Ossetian-Ingush conflict in the Prigorodny district of North Ossetia. The protesters refused. After the the mayor and the prosecutor's office employee left them the power in the building was switched off.
At 8 pm the mall was surrounded by local and federal law enforcement officers. They demanded the strikers to leave the building due to the fact that they had received information on an explosive device pledged there. Action coordinators tried to negotiate with the security forces, asking them to send engineers to check the building, but were refused. Then the assault began. Hunger strikers began to evacuate the elderly and women through the back door, but two of the activists, a 76-year-old Sulumbuek Kotiyev and 84-year-old Orts Kharsiyev, refused to leave and were arrested. As a result, law enforcement officers have managed to arrest 27 people.