Activists in Dushanbe have begun collecting signatures under an appeal to President Emomali Rahmon with solicitation to cancel the Antimonopoly’s order to raise prices for mobile Internet and other mobile communications services.

By this they try to bring people’s discontent about the Antimonopoly Agency’s order to the President.

However, they were forced to suspend the action as police intervened.

One of the participants of the action says more than 100 people signed the appeal in the evening of April 22.

“We want the head of state to know that people is not going to keep silence.  Well, most people are scared to say, it is true.  But we live in a democratic state and we have the right to protect our civil rights!  We want the authorities to review the Internet prices so that it will become available to ordinary people,” she noted. 

The woman is sure that “the head of state will hear their voice and cancel the Antimonopoly Agency’s order.”  

The appeal, in particular says that the use of Internet is one of factors for developing life, improving the level literacy and knowledge, developing entrepreneurial activity and obtaining information.

“Internet price hike will restrict citizens’ access to it and have negative impact on their lives,” the appeal says.

The appeal also notes that it is impossible to counter terrorism and extremism by raising Internet prices.