DC Demonstration at Uzbek Embassy

by Nathan Hamm on 5/18/2005 · 3 comments

Nigina Malikova, the organizer of today’s demonstration in Washington DC, asked me to pass along the following news about today’s demonstration:

Representatives of the Uzbek Community from Washington, DC and New York City as well as sympathizers have gathered this afternoon in front of the Embassy of Uzbekistan to pay their respects to all the victims of Andijan events last weekend.

About 20-25 participants stood in front of the Uzbek embassy waiting for the officials to come out. The organizer of the vigil, Nigina Malikova along with two other members of the Uzbek community went up to the doors of the embassy hoping to speak to the staff, however, the embassy did not respond.

The participants of the vigil wanted to ask the embassy officials to lower the flag in respect to lives taken by this bloody event. Lives on both sides, peaceful civilians and the government forces. Unfortunately the participants were unsuccessful in getting the response, which was expected.

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Stephen Schwartz May 18, 2005 at 6:15 pm

I’m kind of at a loss to understand why you should have swung back and forth between supporting and attacking my articles, and also to grasp why you consider yourself entitled to pry into my personal life. I am not a member of the Naqshbandi order. What Sufis I am affiliated with is no more the business of the public than what synagogue or church a Jewish or Christian journalist attends. I am no more required to use the name “Suleyman Ahmad” on my journalism than a Jew is required to use his bar mitzvah or a Catholic his confirmation name. Did you look at the following?


Or this — http://www.jamestown.org/publications_details.php?volume_id=411&issue_id=3228&article_id=2369246

Nathan May 18, 2005 at 7:37 pm

I support some of what your arguments and disagree with others. My point of view has evolved over time, and that might explain some of the perceived inconsistency.

I think that sometimes you go easier on the Uzbek government than it deserves because it is so strongly opposed to Wahabbism. I agree it should be, but I also think it overstates the threat. I sometimes feel that way about one of my co-contributors, but I still like him plenty. Nothing personal.

Broadly, I think you overemphasize the good about the Uzbek government. Maybe I shouldn’t get too worked up about that, because I get accused of the same thing from time to time. It’s hard to find the right balance on every topic.

The only reason I think your religion is important because it adds context to your point of view. You’re right, you don’t need to mention it all the time. I said as such here. But, I also don’t think I’m prying. Everything I’ve found is on the internet. If I drew incorrect conclusions, I’m sorry. I’ve corrected it where I found it. If I missed anything and you think I’m being nasty, ask me to take another look. One of the drawbacks of blogging is not having anyone between the author and the publish button.

Ben May 20, 2005 at 6:36 am

…and there was yet another protest in Bishkek yesterday:


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