The Ekazhevo circle where the trafficon the federal highway was blocked, March 27, 2019. Photo by Umar Yovloi for the Caucasian Knot

28 March 2019, 14:53

Ingush Council of Teips distances itself from rally at entrance to Nazran

The federal highway was blocked after the end of the rally in Magas and without the knowledge of the Ingush Council of Teips, the elders declared in their video message on YouTube. They also noted there were practically no Magas protesters among those who blocked the highway.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on March 26, residents of Ingushetia, demanding the resignation of Yunus-Bek Evkurov, extended the protest action in the square in Magas without sanction from the authorities and that led to clashes with law enforcers on the other day. After the authorities promised to sanction a new rally in five days, the protest leaders persuaded their supporters to leave the square.

Meanwhile, on March 27, the protesters gathered at the entrance to Nazran and blocked the "Caucasus" federal highway near the Ekazhevo circle. In the evening, the protesters agreed to unblock the highway and headed for the mosque.

In its appeal posted on YouTube on March 27, the Ingush Council of Teips commented on the situation in the course of the protest action.

Members of the Ingush Council of Teips noted that they had learned from the Internet about the blocking of the Ekazhevo circle of the "Caucasus" highway, came "to the crowded place" and asked to immediately free the highway, but "did not succeed."

According to the Ingush Council of Teips, "there were absolutely other people at the crossroads and there were practically no participants in the morning events in Magas." "For a certain period of time, several dozen elders, as well as members of other social and religious movements, were urging the young people to free the crossroads. The highway has been finally freed," the Ingush Council of Teips notes in its appeal.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on March 28, 2019 at 10:18 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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