A Damned Shame

by Nathan Hamm on 6/23/2005 · 3 comments

T-Moor has a picture of a Tashkent landmark being torn down.

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jonathan p June 24, 2005 at 12:12 pm

Great, now the square will match the charming decor of the metro station underneath it — complete with an empty round place where once there was a piece of history.

Nathan June 24, 2005 at 12:23 pm

No kidding.

I can’t remember when it was that I really noticed what was on the monument. For some inexplicable reason, I was hanging out in the square for a while (shocking the hell out of people with my super-cool trail pants that zip off into shorts) when I noticed all the hammers and sickles.

In Navoi we had a very large, very public monument to WWII from the old days that was plastered and painted over to make this charming little thing.

Kisa June 24, 2005 at 2:43 pm

A**hole Karimov. He is trying to erase the history of Uzbekistan. No matter how bad the Soviet system was, it is part of the history of Uzbekistan (I must more than agree with T-moor) Karimov is doing the same thing that Rashidov did in his time. Karimov doesn’t want to realize, that one day, people will do the same thing that he is doing right now, to him. They will erase him completely.

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