Friday, January 21, 2005

In Beslan Thursday some 300 people - relatives of those who died during the September hostage crisis - blocked the road from Rostov to Baku (as well as the one leading to the Beslan airport), demanding an international investigation and resignation of North Ossetia's president Aleksandr Dzasokhov. The protest started around 10 am and is still going on. The protesters are also demanding that the head of the government commission investigating the tragedy does not return to Beslan. One commission member said the rally was the result of a provocation. Journalists were not allowed beyond the police cordon. NTV didn't say a word about the protest - but RenTV did (they are probably the next Russian TV station to be shut down or re-staffed.) has more on the protest (in Russian).

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