I call it a massacre!

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by Nathan Hamm on 6/12/2010 · 8 comments

The following is reposted from the blog of Tolkun Umaraliev, a well-known Kyrgyzstani blogger originally from Aravan, a town near Osh. Visit the original post for links, videos, and photos. — Nathan

Call it whatever you want, but I name it a massacre of Uzbeks in Osh and Jalalabad (Kyrgyzstan), which is, at the moment, still going on and the Interim government headed by Rosa Otunbaeva cannot do anything to prevent it. I knew of disaffection, I knew of tension, but I never knew there was so much hatred against Uzbeks in the South of Kyrgyzstan. I am blaming the incapable Interim government, and those people, who provoked masses, and especially those stupid Uzbek and Kyrgyz, who are buying it.

Grave reports continue coming from friends in Osh and Jalalabad. Videos and photos of killed Uzbeks, burning houses, restaurants and shops that belonged to Uzbeks started appearing in internet. Thousands of Uzbeks are seeking shelter in Uzbekistan. Today, the Uzbek authorities finally agreed to accept Uzbek refugees. Uzbeks in the South have lost their trust to the interim government and are hoping for Russia’s help, but Russia is not being active.

The emergency situation introduced in several cities in the South including Osh and Jalalabad is not helping. Many police and army institutions were attacked, and great numbers of weapons are now on people’s hands. People say that attacking groups wear police and army uniforms. Therefore, many have lost their trust in law enforcement institutions.

The Interim government is blaming everything on the Bakievs that the latter are intending to disrupt the referendum scheduled for 27th of June, 2010.

The death toll is much much higher than the official figures, as people are still finding dead corpses around Osh, and many were burnt down in their houses in mahallas (Uzbek neighborhoods). While I was writing this, I got several gruesome calls from friends in Jalalabad that some groups seized buildings belonging to army and police. Tonight, Jalalabad will suffer its worst night ever! My heart is with them!

I am calling all international organizations to help Kyrgyzstan in this crisis. Today, we are suffering the results of previous governments mistakes, who ignored the issue of inter-ethnic tension, and who let the whole generation to be brought up with ethnic hatred. Please, we need your help like never before!

Friends, readers, please, send out this message to the world! Help Kyrgyzstan’s nation to overcome this crisis!

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Қазақ Интернеті June 13, 2010 at 12:39 am

It’s terrible. You can not see anything like this massacre in 21 century. What happened with the brotherhood of nations in KG?!

Metin June 13, 2010 at 6:50 am

Massacre is the right term here. The media covering the events needs the courage to call racial killings massacre. Especially experts who wrote so much about Andijahn (calling it massacre) must prove their indifference to mass killings in Kyrgyzstan.

sayke June 13, 2010 at 6:54 am

i just got back from bishkek, and was very surprised at the depth of ethnic tension simmering under the surface. i’m still not sure what’s driving it, but it reminds me of kosovo in the early days – drunken mobs engaging in ethnic violence and then dissipating to sleep it off… the interim government needs security sector support ASAP. guh.

Sarah June 13, 2010 at 8:28 am

Metin, I’m not sure why you think that people who “wrote so much about Andijon” would not also consider this a massacre. I agree with Tolkun’s post. I can’t imagine that anyone confronted with the heartbreaking and horrifying videos, photos and reports of the last few days would disagree with him.

Sardor June 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Thank you guys, for honest opinion and for expressing it. I believe it has to originate from Kyrgyzs nowadays as Uzbeks being killed, minority and are not heard at all.
I call it a shame. In the long run nothing good is gonna come out of this for Kyrgyzs themselves.

Metin June 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Sarah, first impression is that international community is not interested with violence in Kyrgyzstan. I wish those who claim to care about human rights did more to bring international attention to stop the violence.
What reports says are horrifying indeed; some call it even genocide.

Samantha June 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

About time someone else calls Roza Otunbayeva and her government uncapable. I think the word massacre evokes certain thoughts and holds a certain connotation. Andijon was a masscare and so was this. People are being slaughtered.

Turgai Sangar June 15, 2010 at 5:24 am

Its is a massacre and a pogrom: “drunken mobs” etc… With the suppression of Islam the venom of nationalism got the upper hand. Tragic.

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