EurasiaNet on Tashkent Protests

by Laurence on 5/3/2005

Uzbekistan: A Small Protest with Big Implications:

Many protesters seemed to be linked to a long-running dispute over a privatization deal involving a farm in Kashkadarya Province known as FAO Kesh. The farm is located in Shakhrisabs, a town that in 2001 was placed on the UNESCO list of world heritage sites [Editor’s note: Amir Timur’s birthplace]. The farm was privatized in 1999, with 60 percent of the shares purchased by Bakhodir Choriev and his family members for about $8,000. In 2001, however, around the time the nearby town was placed on the UNESCO list, the State Property Committee took action to invalidate the deal. The reason given for the government action was that a “mistake” had been made in setting the farmᅰs sale price. Officials prevented efforts by Choriev and other FAO Kesh shareholders to stage anti-Karimov protests in Tashkent in 2004, according to documentation compiled by Human Rights Watch.

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