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Uzbek Opposition Denounces Official Report On Andijon

The uprising in Andijon on 14 May 9 September 2005 -- The Uzbek opposition party Free Peasants accused the government today of falsifying the results of its investigation into the May uprising in Andijon, which ended in the deaths of scores of people.

The party -- which the government has refused to register -- said today in Tashkent that the prosecutors' official report to parliament on 6 September 2005 comprised what it called "a primitive lie." It said investigators had extorted false confessions out of people involved in the revolt in order to "to justify the killing of their own people."

Uzbek prosecutors said the probe showed that the uprising was "a carefully planned action by destructive outside forces"
aimed at creating an Islamic state in Uzbekistan.

Human rights groups say more than 700 people were killed by government troops in the violence. Uzbek authorities put the death toll at 187.