Opposition & Public Reaction in Uzbekistan

by Nathan Hamm on 3/23/2005 · 2 comments

IRIN reports:

Exiled leaders of the two main Uzbek opposition parties, Erk (Freedom) and Birlik (Unity), have offered enthusiastic support to the opposition movement in Kyrgyzstan in media statements, but warned that it could lead to increased repression in Uzbekistan.

“After the Georgian and Ukrainian colour revolutions Uzbek opposition and international NGOs have been the target of a government clampdown. No matter what the outcome of events in Kyrgyzstan, the Uzbek government will use it as an excuse to take even tougher measures against any dissent in the country,” an independent local political analyst told IRIN, on condition of anonymity.

I think this analyst is right. No matter what, NGOs are going to be even more restricted.

This kind of thing is notoriously easy to distort, but given the lack of attention to political unrest in the Uzbek media, it should come as no surprise that,

Due to lack of information, even Uzbeks contacted by IRIN who are living near the border with Kyrgyzstan in the north of the Ferghana Valley on the Uzbek side had no idea that in the cities a few kilometres away the authorities were no longer in charge.

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Jarrod March 24, 2005 at 7:33 am

Protesters in Kyrgyzstan Take Over Government Building

Demonstrators have stormed and taken control of the government and presidential headquarters in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, RIA-Novosti news agency reports.

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