Disappearances at Andijon Hospital

by Nathan Hamm on 6/8/2005 · 1 comment

Ferghana.ru reports that Andijon’s regional hospital is ringed by officers from the secret services and that patients are disappearing.

The Andizhan regional hospital resembles a maximum security military object nowadays – a checkpoint at the entrance, soldiers brandishing automatic weapons, a metal fence all around. This is where residents of Andizhan wounded on May 13 and 14 are kept, practically like in a jail.

There is no saying how many of them are inside. Everything is classified – the number of the wounded and what is happening inside. Only one thing is known. The wounded are suspects, already subject (or about to be) to a thorough investigation. Detectives want to know if anyone participated in the mass protest action on May 13… It is known as well that many patients of the hospital disappear without a trace.

A casual acquaintance of this correspondent said she had a relative inside. The man is practically alone in the whole ward now, the rest of the patients disappeared. Not released to their families. They disappeared.

It turned out soon afterwards that a great deal of families in Andizhan have missing relatives.


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