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Uzbek Rights Group Protests Police Violence, Arrests

Demonstrations in Uzbekistan are a rare sight.
TASHKENT -- Members of an Uzbek rights group have been arrested after protesting police violence, RFE/RL's Uzbek Service reports.

The demonstrators gathered in front of the Tashkent Prosecutor's Office and demanded that the authorities punish those responsible for the violent breakup of the group's rally on February 27.

Several activists were detained, including Elena Urlaeva, an activist forcibly committed to psychiatric hospitals in 2001 and 2002.

Some activists were fined after they demanded the prisoners' release.