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Wednesday, 10 August 2022 02:21 GMT

Protests in Karakalpakstan cause deaths among civilians, security personnel


(MENAFN) Based on the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, protests in the nation’s autonomous Karakalpakstan region have resulted in the deaths of both citizens and security officers.

On Saturday, Uzbekistan imposed a month-long state of emergency in Karakalpakstan, a day after demonstrations against planned constitutional amendments that could have diminished the status of the underdeveloped western province erupted.

During a speech in Karakalpakstan, Mr. Mirziyoyev remarked, “unfortunately, there are fatalities among civilians and law enforcement officers.” He omitted to mention the number of fatalities.

According to Pulat Ahunov, an exiled opposition lawmaker, at least five individuals had been slain, based on connections with regional sources and video evidence.

A regional official was cited on Sunday by the Uzbek news website Daryo.uz as claiming that following clashes between protestors and security personnel in Nukus, the provincial capital, on Friday, "thousands of wounded" had sought medical attention.

A different news outlet, Kun.uz, published images from Nukus on Sunday. These images showed street barriers, burned-out trucks, and a significant military presence, including armored personnel carriers.

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