Protest in Andijon

by Nathan Hamm on 5/10/2005

And for Uzbekistan, it’s a big one.

At least 1,000 people gathered in the eastern town of Andizhan to demand justice for a group of 23 young men accused of being Islamic extremists.

Long lines of protestors stretched down the streets around the courthouse – women on one side, men on the other.

I know very little about this particular case, but given what little I do know, this is the kind of protest I don’t necessarily want to be seeing in Uzbekistan.

The BBC’s Monica Whitlock describes the entire affair as peaceful and extremely well-organized. The protesters even had their own security and cameramen.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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