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The Uzbek Revolution: "We urge the leaders of Russia and Vladimir Putin personally intervene"

May 13 2005

Still not completely clear or "driving forces", or "staffing" or political objectives of military clashes in the Uzbek city of Andijan, though, for example, "Pravda.Ru" offers a fairly intelligible version of the dramatic events in Uzbekistan .

Reuters news agency reported that troops opened fire on anti-government rally around their houses seized by the city administration. Preliminary results - one person killed, two wounded. Official authorities claim that negotiating with the rebels, who hold hostage women and children, and refuse to surrender.

Mutiny - also according to the authorities - was organized by supporters of the extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, which advocates establishing an Islamic state in Uzbekistan. With this information contradicts the Russian-speaking Uzbek Agency Fergana.Ru ": one of the leaders of the rebels, located in the building of Andijan regional administration made an official statement by phone:

- We urge the leaders of Russia and Vladimir Putin personally intervene. We ask Russia to mediate in our negotiations with the government. We do not want mass bloodshed and victims. Although the victim is already there. Now the main town square has gathered more than 50,000 people. On the morning of troops and police shot from APCs on women. There are deaths and injuries among civilians. But we also took several prisoners, including police officers, snipers, who were to liquidate all of us. We ask the Russian people in the face of Putin to intervene in the events in Andijan. Shoot at unarmed people, which requires its own right!

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