The Uzbek Army has opened fire on protesters and killed over 500 of them in the town of Tefektosh. The protesters accused the government of failing to
improve living conditions. Unrest is spreading in the muslim nation of Uzbekistan who's government is pro-American and an American ally.
FERGANA, Uzbekistan - Groups of attackers killed several soldiers in eastern Uzbekistan on Sunday before fleeing across the border into Kyrgyzstan,
villagers said, and about 500 bodies were laid out in the nearby city where troops fired on a crowd of protesters, a doctor said.
Residents' accounts of the fighting in Tefektosh could not be independently confirmed, but blood stains were visible on the pavement there.
The village is in the same region as Andijan, where troops fired on a crowd of protesters Friday to put down an uprising, killing hundreds, witnesses
said. On Sunday, about 500 bodies were laid out in rows in Andijan's School No. 15, a doctor in the town said.
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The Uzbek regime is commiting mass murder and has to be stopped. There can be no question as to the barbarism of the Karimov regime as can be clearly
seen by the slaughter of hundreds of civlians demanding a better life.
But how can we see an end to this regime when it is backed by Washington?
Uzbekistan is a close ally of the United States yet conflicts with the ideological ideals of the War on Terror. The Uzbek government is repeatedly
condemned for its human rights violations and claims of torture.
Days after the 9/11 attacks George W. Bush rang President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan and asked for his assistance in using Uzbek bases for Operation
The U.S governments own Committee on International Relations has this to say about Uzbekistan:
The U.S. and allies like Uzbekistan are in the midst of an existential war, which is yet to be defined and fought effectively. While it
may take some more time for us to develop correct strategies against the new enemy, we need to keep in mind that Uzbekistan is a strategic nuisance
for militant Islamist groups because it may be one of the few countries that can defeat them if the government can create political space to allow the
native, tolerant form of Islam to flourish.
For now, unfortunately, the U.S. and the Uzbek government are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of the Uzbek people. The reasons are
simple: Post-Soviet transition problems, worsened by the politically and economically oppressive policies of the current regime have produced
tremendous poverty, corruption and resentment among the people. Uzbekistan has a horrendous human rights record, with ongoing torture in
its prisons, creating many "Enemies of State," as the title of a recent Human Rights Watch report correctly identifies.
Why is Uzbekistans "horrendous human rights record" totally acceptable to the U.S administration? How can they reconcile their good relations with
such a barbaric regime? Why do they feel the need to ally itself with a government such as this and in the same breath criticise North Korea and China
Could it really be that the United States government is actually not interested in the rights of people across the globe at all? In actual fact its a
front for their attacks on oil rich nations such as Afghanistan and Iraq? And the rhetoric against the "human rights attrocities" of North Korea are
only voiced as a response to the threat North Korea poses to American interests?
Funny how Uzbekistan can murder 500 civilians protesting about the dire circumstances they are living in and the Americans wont say squat because they
I think the U.S government should be forced to explain its cosy relationship with such a regime when it is so publically hell-bent on ridding the
world of such regimes. Is it only ridding the World of Uzbek-style regimes when its in their favour?
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[edit on 15/5/05 by subz]