“The knife has hit the bone…

by Nathan Hamm on 4/8/2004 · 3 comments

…and the pain has become unbearable.” This is apparently an old Uzbek phrase that accurately describes the mood in Tashkent.

Bahodir Musaev, an independent sociologist, believes the anger people are now expressing is the product of years of failed political and economic policies by the government.

“I would go as far as to say that we are seeing an uprising by the Uzbek people,” Musaev told IWPR. “In Uzbekistan, there’s a growing sense of negative energy. People have suffered depression, followed by despair, which has now been transformed into real actions. I fear that our society has crossed the barrier, and troubled times lie ahead.”

I think it’s really instructive to read what the people interviewed are saying: essentially, “The violence is bad, but we understand the anger at the government.”


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Alister April 19, 2004 at 9:45 am

Karimova/Maqsudi divorce saga.

what do you expect from a dictator’s daughter.

This dictator who boils its own people to death.
The daughter has learned from the father to be corrupt and selfish.

Sahrokh April 19, 2004 at 9:52 am

Economy is bad in Uzbekistan. Karimov is ill. Foreign Minister Sadyk Safayev should kick Karimov’s Ass and take advantage of the situation and become the President of Uzbekistan.

Sahrokh April 19, 2004 at 9:52 am

Economy is bad in Uzbekistan. Karimov is ill. Foreign Minister Sadyk Safayev should kick Karimov’s Ass and take advantage of the situation and become the President of Uzbekistan.

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