Samarkand Leaflets

by Nathan Hamm on 6/9/2005 reports that anti-government leaflets were found in Samarkand in the old city and a street near the Registan.

Anti-government leaflets urging the population not to trust what the official authorities are saying on the subject of events in Andizhan appeared in old city blocs of Samarkand, last Sunday. The text began with an epigraph in Arab “In the name of Allah the merciful and omnipotent… ” (“Bismillohu rahmonir rahim”) followed by the headline “Andizhan Butcher” (“Andizhondagi kassob”).

At least two kinds of leaflets were discovered. One kind contained excerpts from foreign newspapers translated into the Uzbek language. Simple vocabulary, understandable to everyone, without cliches, “Do not believe what Tashkent is saying: there were a great deal of victims in Andizhan. Everyone who went to the square to speak up the truth was gunned down…”

The second kind of leaflets lacked the Moslem epigraph or headline. Just a short text on the necessity to tell the truth on the events in Andizhan, on numerous victims in Andizhan, a text urging the people not to trust official media outlets.

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