Despite a worsening political situation and a poor economy, a popular uprising similar to those that have recently occurred in Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan is unlikely in Tajikistan, according to RFE/RL Tajik Service Director Massoumeh Torfeh. Torfeh told a recent RFE/RL audience that, in contrast to the political events in these post-Soviet countries, change in Tajikistan is more likely to occur along "a slow road to democracy."
Torfeh explained that Tajikistan "already had its street revolution" in April and May, 1992, when the "Tajik opposition staged the longest-lasting street demonstration ever seen in the region -- 53 days." Torfeh said this "street revolution" led to a "civil war that people hated," and now the people of Tajikistan are "against politics, especially the youth." They would rather accept almost any situation other than war and as a result are "silently suffering," she said.
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