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Andijon Commemorated As U.S. Calls For Investigation

A demonstration against President Islam Karimov at the Uzbek Embassy in Brussels today (RFE/RL) PRAGUE, May 12, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- Demonstrators today commemorated the violent crackdown in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijon that took place one year ago tomorrow, May 13.

In Uzbekistan's capital, Tashkent, police broke up a small demonstration held by activists demanding an independent probe into the Andijon events. Police tore down banners declaring "Shame on Uzbekistan, Shame on [President] Islam Karimov."

Uzbek opposition members held demonstrations in New York, Kyiv, and Istanbul.

In Osh, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbek oppositionists who had fled their home country cancelled a planned demonstration. The opposition members said they had been warned that as refugees, they didn't have the right to participate in political rallies.

Also today, the United States today joined calls for a full investigation into the killings of demonstrators.

Uzbek authorities blame Islamic militants for instigating the Andijon violence. Rights advocates and witnesses say many more people were killed than the government admits, including many unarmed civilians.

U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Uzbek authorities should also immediately stop what he called a crackdown on civil society. He said the United States has not ruled out possible sanctions against Uzbekistan if it doesn't address human rights concerns.

(AP, dpa)

Andijon Refugees

Andijon Refugees

Uzbek refugees in Kyrgyzstan on May 19, 2005 (epa)

NO PLACE TO GO: More than 400 Uzbeks who fled in panic in the hours and days after troops opened fire on demonstrators in Andijon one year ago have been granted political asylum outside Central Asia. In limbo for weeks in Kyrgyzstan as they and the world tried to come to grips with the bloody events of May 12 and 13, they feared for their lives and the lives of family members as the official crackdown continued.... (more)


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THE COMPLETE STORY: A dedicated webpage bringing together all of RFE/RL's coverage of the events in Andijon, Uzbekistan, in May 2005 and their continuing repercussions.


For an annotated timeline of the Andijon events and their repercussions, click here.