Mothers who lost children in last year’s Beslan school hostage-taking in Russia have ended a courtroom protest amid feelings of dispondency.
Accusing authorities of failing to investigate the tragedy properly, the 15 women held a sit-in in North Ossetia’s Supreme Court where the only militant thought to survive the siege is on trial. After 28 hours they gave up, saying their efforts were pointless. In a statement to the top prosecutor in the case the mothers argue that officials from the emergency committee formed to deal with the hostage crisis should also be on trial. Relatives of the victims have become increasingly enraged as details of the rescue operation have surfaced. It is nearly a year since a gang of Chechen rebel sympathisers seized the school. It ended in a bloodbath on September 3, 330 people were killed, half of them were children.