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Punches Thrown As Tajik Officials, Activists Scuffle In Poland

Punches Thrown As Tajik Officials, Activists Scuffle In Poland
There were violent scenes on the sidelines of an OSCE rights conference in Warsaw on September 11 after a scuffle broke out between Tajik opposition activists and government officials. The altercation started after one of the activists gave a poster reading "Free Political Prisoners" to Ayomiddin Sattorov, a former member of the banned Islamic Renaissance Party turned pro-government cleric, who was attending the event. When one of Sattorov's entourage snatched the paper away, words were exchanged before another Tajik official threw a punch at the activist, sparking a confrontation that had to be broken up by security staff. Polish police are investigating the incident.