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Uzbekistan President Announces “Dead” Due to Local Anxiety | Protest News

The Uzbek president subsequently said there were casualties between civilians and law enforcement officers. Rare public protest In Karakalpakstan, in the northwestern part of the country’s autonomy, there was serious concern about the planned constitutional amendment.

In a statement posted online on Sunday, President Shavkatomirjiyoev The mob said he had performed “destructive actions” in the city of Nukus, throwing stones, firing and attacking police.

“Unfortunately, there are deaths between civilians and law enforcement officers,” Milziyoev said in a speech in Karakalpakstan broadcast by Telegram’s press. He did not identify the number and nature of casualties.

Exiled opposition politician Pulat Ahunov told Reuters that at least five people had been killed, based on contact with local sources and video evidence. He said there were unconfirmed reports that dozens more people had died.

Mr Afnov said the authorities had imposed a state of emergency that prevented people from moving around and getting more information.

Karakalpakstan has experienced a serious Internet outage since the amendment was announced last week, depriving Uzbekistan of its nominal “sovereignty” status and its right to withdraw from Uzbekistan through a popular referendum. ing.

Mirjiyoev then withdrew plans to roll back state autonomy after the demonstration.

“According to the Constitution, it is an autonomous state, has its own parliament, and has many privileges that it is supposed to enjoy, including the opportunity to hold elections and choose to leave Uzbekistan.” Bruce Panier in Prague-a journalist based in a journalist specializing in Central Asia told Al Jazeera.

The region is named after the Karakalpaks, often represented in cities such as Nukus where protests took place, but is now a minority of 2 million in the western region.

“Generally in Uzbekistan, protests are very rare because security forces have a very strong control over the country,” Pannier said.

“Especially in Karakalpakstan, they have made much smaller protests over the years just because it’s a depressed area, because the investment isn’t that much and there are a lot of health problems. It’s not uncommon to protest, but by Uzbek standards, something of this scale is unusual. “

Saturday Uzbekistan proclamation for a month emergency In poor areas where there was a large protest against the proposed changes.

On Sunday, Milziyoev visited the area for the second time in two days.

“A group of people hiding behind the false slogan tried to win the trust of the public, mislead them, disobey the legitimate demands of the authorities, cause confusion and seize local government buildings.” He told a local council member.

“Several groups tried to seize the Nukus Home Office and National Guard buildings to obtain weapons,” he claimed.

“Using their numerical advantage, these men attacked law enforcement officers, beat them hard and seriously injured,” he added.

Uzbekistan is a tightly controlled state of Central Asia, the former Soviet Republic, and the government is cracking down on all forms of opposition.

Hugh Williamson, director of Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia, said on Twitter: He asked for an investigation.

The foreign ministry in neighboring Kazakhstan, where the government suppressed violent protests in early January, said it was concerned about the incident in Uzbekistan.

“We welcome and support the decision of Uzbekistan’s Supreme Leader to stabilize the situation in the Republic of Karakalpakstan,” the ministry said in a statement.

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