Staunton, March 29 – The greatest fear of an authoritarian regime is that it will give an order to disperse protesters and the police will refuse to act. That happened in Ingushetia where an entire battalion of police three days ago refused to move against their co-ethnics who were protesting against the border change with Chechnya and the rule of Yunus-Bek Yevkurov.
In response, the authorities have disbanded the unit and secured the resignation of the republic interior ministry head (fortanga.org/2019/03/posle-mitinga-v-ingushetii-nachalis-goneniya-uvoleny-dva-desyatka-politsejskih/, fortanga.org/2019/03/glava-mvd-ingushetii-posle-mitinga-ushel-v-otpusk/, and meduza.io/news/2019/03/29/v-ingushetii-rasformirovali-batalon-politsii-otkazavshiysya-razgonyat-aktsiyu-protesta
Ingush officials said they had been forced to use force against the protesters after the latter refused to obey orders to disperse, but the protest organizer said that all responsibility for the use of police power against the people lay with the authorities (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/333555/, fortanga.org/2019/03/vlast-neset-otvetstvennost-za-sotsialnoe-napryazhenie-v-ingushetii/ and zamanho.com/?p=5699).
The conflict appeared to be spreading: a federal highway was blocked and there was shooting near the mayor’s office,, although who was responsible for these two events remains uncertain (kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/333615/, kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/333540/and fortanga.org/2019/03/strelba-u-merii-nazrani-ne-imeet-otnoshenie-k-protestam/).