Dispatch from Andijon

by Nathan Hamm on 3/23/2005

From Dee in Andijon:

Taxi drivers say that people with visas and/or the right paperwork are able to cross the border both ways, and that people have been going back and forth for the past few days. A quick survey at the bazaar revealed that people are just now able to bring goods back and forth after a week of difficulties. They specifically noted that it is only possible for women to cross the border, and not men. No sign of stock piling here yet, but prices are sure to go up should trade between the Korasu Bazaar in Osh and Andijon continue to be limited.

There appears to be a feeble attempt to stir up Kyrgyz diaspora support. Emails have been circulating asking Kyrgyz abroad to organize and protest in their local areas around the world.

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