More Details on Kokand Riots

by Nathan Hamm on 11/9/2004

Igor Rotar has more details on the Kokand riots that recently took place.

Reporting on the decree that sparked the riots has been spotty at best. Rotar says that in addition to new licenses and cash registers, merchants would have to make daily deposits in their now-required bank accounts. Even worse though, if merchants do not meet expected weekly profits, their business license would be temporarily suspended.

Honestly, why go through the song and dance? Why not just outlaw business in bazaars?

Rotar also reports that smaller demonstrations took place in Karshi, Jizzax, and Tashkent. As one would expect, the protests have not been reported in the Uzbek press.


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