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Uzbek exiles protest outside UN headquarters on May 12 (RFE/RL)
PRAGUE, May 12, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Demonstrators today are commemorating the violent crackdown on a protest in Andijon, Uzbekistan, a day before the one-year anniversary of the event.
In the Uzbek capital Tashkent, plainclothes police broke up a small demonstration held by activists demanding an independent probe into the bloodshed. Police tore down banners declaring "Shame on Uzbekistan, Shame on [President] Islam Karimov."
In New York, the Congress of Democratic Uzbekistan, a group uniting Uzbek opposition members, protested outside UN headquarters.
Uzbek refugees and opposition members gathered outside their country's embassy in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, while members of the Uzbek opposition party Erk (Freedom) organized a rally in Istanbul.
The Uzbek government blames Islamic militants for instigating the violence in Andijon. But human rights groups and witnesses say the crackdown was a massacre, with many unarmed civilians were among the dead.