Uzbekistan blames “outside forces” for unrest in Karakalpakstan

Uzbekistan blames “outside forces” for unrest in Karakalpakstan

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President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev   Uzbekistan blamed «external forces» in unrest in Karakalpakstan

According to President Mirziyoyev, the organizers tried to encroach on the territorial integrity of the country

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev accused “outside forces” of provoking unrest in the autonomous republic of Karakalpakstan, where, according to government statements, 18 people were killed in violent clashes last week.

Mirziyoyev said “unpleasant events” led to suffering, and the prosecutor general would conduct a thorough investigation.

According to the authorities, as a result The riots killed 14 civilians and four law enforcement officers.

Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that 107 law enforcement officers were seriously injured, 23 of them in serious condition.

“Of course However, these events were not organized in a day or in 10 days. These actions have been prepared for years by malevolent external forces,” Mirziyoyev said in a comment posted by his spokesman on his Telegram channel.

“Their main goal is to encroach on the territorial integrity of Uzbekistan and create inter-ethnic conflict,” he added. he.

Mirziyoyev did not cite any evidence of foreign interference and did not mention any specific country.

Protests erupted in response to government plans to abolish Karakalpakstan's autonomous status. The President of Uzbekistan hastened to refuse this proposal when the demonstrations began.