The People’s Republic of Osh

by Nathan Hamm on 3/23/2005

OK, so it doesn’t exist really, but IRIN’s reporting makes it sound like the local opposition leaders are consolidating their statelet and bringing order back to life. Osh is under the leadership of Anvar Artykov, an ethnic Uzbek.

For the first time since the city’s takeover, most government offices, schools and police stations were back at work. Shops, cafes and bazaars have also re-opened and food prices reverted to normal, while Osh international airport, under opposition occupation, remained closed.

Police officers, who earlier had been afraid to appear in public wearing their uniforms, were slowly seen returning to the streets but their authority appeared weak. Some have taken to forming joint brigades with protesters in order to patrol the city in search of looters and robbers who have taken advantage of the lack of law and order of the past few days.

A local shopkeeper remarks in the story that he’s happy that the city is under the leadership of a local and a human rights activist (who is not in the city, I should point out) reports that there is no retribution against government employees and that TV news is reporting freely.

Buses of protesters have left Osh for Bishkek and elsewhere in the south, another administration building was seized.

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