Uzbekistan faces mass protests and riots in Nukus, the capital of the Karakalpak Republic


July 1 in Karakalpakstan (Republic of Karakalpakstan - an autonomous region within Uzbekistan) began mass protests of the population. Tens of thousands of people went to spontaneous rallies in the capital of the autonomy, Nukus, as well as in Chimbay and Muynak. Residents expressed their dissatisfaction with the upcoming changes in the constitution of Uzbekistan. Gradually, the demonstrations turned into riots, after which the police began to detain the most violent activists, there were problems with the Internet and mobile communications.


It should be noted that according to the current constitution of Uzbekistan, which was adopted on December 8, 1992, Karakalpakstan is a sovereign republic (Art. 70), which has the right to secede from Uzbekistan on the basis of a referendum of the inhabitants of the region (Art. 74). For almost three decades, this issue did not bother anyone, but now Uzbekistan is faced with a problem. On June 25, the draft amendments to the constitution were published, the public discussion of which was supposed to last until July 5. New amendments may remove the indication of the sovereignty of Karakalpakstan and deprive the right to secede from Uzbekistan.

At the same time, the capital and largest city of Karakalpakstan is Nukus. The autonomy itself, in which about 2 million people live, occupies 40% of the territory of 33 million Uzbekistan. There are two official languages ​​in Karakalpakstan - Karakalpak and Uzbek. Moreover, there are 1,15 million Uzbeks, and 0,85 million Karakalpaks.


The Interior Ministry of Karakalpakstan reported on July 1 that at 15:00 pm, some citizens, due to a misinterpretation of constitutional reforms, unscheduled marches in Nukus, after which they gathered on the territory of the central dekhkan market and organized an illegal demonstration. The department indicated that in order to prevent violations of public order and suppress the commission of various offenses on the territory of the dekhkan market, the forces and means of law enforcement agencies were involved, after which they began to conduct explanatory work with citizens.

On July 2, the Jokargy Kenes (parliament), the Council of Ministers (government) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Karakalpakstan issued an official joint statement on the events in Nukus. The document says that on July 1, in Nukus, a criminal group of persons organized illegal actions, expressed in an attempt to seize the state administration bodies of Karakalpakstan. The thugs, hiding behind populist slogans, manipulating the consciousness and trust of citizens, gathered people on the square in front of the complex of administrative buildings. After that, relying on the gathered residents, they attempted to seize state institutions and destabilize the situation in Uzbekistan. The actions of provocateurs were suppressed by decisive actions of law enforcement officers. Organizers and activists have been detained, investigative actions are underway.

Under these conditions, the attempts of certain unhealthy external forces from abroad to influence the development of the situation in Karakalpakstan, including through targeted information releases and distortion of current events, raise concern.

- is specified in the statement, which is summed up by an appeal to citizens to refrain from illegal actions and resolve issues within the legal framework.

Information also appeared that large groups of the population began to move from various regions of Karakalpakstan to the capital of the autonomy. At the same time, it was reported from Tashkent that the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev flew to Nukus.
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  1. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
    Pat Rick 2 July 2022 19: 32
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    after which they began to carry out explanatory work with citizens.

    One word - "Uzbeks". In Russia, explanatory work with irresponsible citizens was not even required: the leader said that it was necessary to adopt amendments to the constitution (which, like the constitution, in Russia were read by 1 person out of 1 million of the population), so everyone, as one, went and voted for the amendments to constitution.
    1. Eduard Aplombov Offline Eduard Aplombov
      Eduard Aplombov (Eduard Aplombov) 2 July 2022 21: 37
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      and you would like, as in the Papuans, the people jumped and jumped at the decision of the authorities, or even better arranged shooting and burned tires, you won’t wait
      1. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
        Pat Rick 2 July 2022 22: 12
        +2
        I like the local polemicists who call everyone who disagrees with them either panheads or some kind of column.
        But I know for sure that the louder it screams here, the more insignificant it is in real life.
        1. Eduard Aplombov Offline Eduard Aplombov
          Eduard Aplombov (Eduard Aplombov) 2 July 2022 22: 28
          -2
          what you think and are in a hurry to voice here is not worth the cost of publishing, many do not need your opinion and my modest one, including
          like it or not - sing my beauty ...
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        2. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
          Ulysses (Alexey) 2 July 2022 22: 38
          -2
          In real life, do you personally mean something?
          Tell us about your achievements and I may be imbued with confidence in you personally... smile
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    2. aslanxnumx Offline aslanxnumx
      aslanxnumx (Aslan) 4 July 2022 13: 12
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      For those who didn't go...
  2. nikanikolich Offline nikanikolich
    nikanikolich (nikola) 2 July 2022 19: 35
    -1
    I think that after the reaction of the kuzukhovs to the liberation, we have nothing to do in Uzbekistan
    1. Dukhskrepny Offline Dukhskrepny
      Dukhskrepny (Vasya) 2 July 2022 20: 26
      +3
      You haven't released the crests yet
    2. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
      Ulysses (Alexey) 2 July 2022 22: 42
      -1
      I think that after the reaction of the kuzukhovs to the liberation, we have nothing to do in Uzbekistan

      Geopolitics doesn't care about your personal opinion.
      You are not even a nail to make something out of you ..
      1. aslanxnumx Offline aslanxnumx
        aslanxnumx (Aslan) 4 July 2022 13: 14
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        Yes, we spit, then some of them are listed as saints over time.
  3. nikanikolich Offline nikanikolich
    nikanikolich (nikola) 2 July 2022 19: 38
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    Quote from nikanikolich
    I think that after the reaction of the kuzukhovs to the liberation, we have nothing to do in Uzbekistan

    but the funniest thing now is the problem of kuzukhov
  4. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Boris) 2 July 2022 19: 59
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    Karakolpaks are much closer to the Kazakhs than to the Uzbeks
    1. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
      Ulysses (Alexey) 2 July 2022 22: 56
      +2
      Karakolpaks are much closer to the Kazakhs than to the Uzbeks.

      hm.
      Based on my relationship with the carapalcaps in the Soviet army.
      I have not seen more accommodating guys, I really had to take it under protection, so as not to shut up.
      The Aral (Aral Sea) was already dying, their area of ​​​​residence with all the consequences .. sad
  5. Antor Offline Antor
    Antor 2 July 2022 20: 57
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    And who will tell me that this is not another color revolution.......!!!?????
  6. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 2 July 2022 21: 44
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    Interestingly, they will write again that these are the NATO diver groups that started everything .....

    Perhaps the local President wanted to move the local elite. They will become a non-sovereign republic - and put their people in positions ..
    1. Pat Rick Offline Pat Rick
      Pat Rick 2 July 2022 22: 14
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      No, these are about 20 thousand militants from the mountains, who no one knows where they came from and no one knows where they disappeared.
    2. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
      Ulysses (Alexey) 2 July 2022 22: 46
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      Interestingly, they will write again that these are the NATO diver groups that started everything .....

      Serge, it's interesting when you try to present NATO as fluffy and mild-mannered.
      Practice shows the opposite.
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 3 July 2022 19: 19
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        NATO-NATO. cutlets-kotletovo
        And when they are mixed - now they call it "Noodles on the ears", and long ago they called it "old school politics" - do not separate personal benefit from the interests of society.

        As an example, those same 20 thousand militants and allegedly promoted divergence groups, then chasing women through the streets ...
        1. Ulysses Offline Ulysses
          Ulysses (Alexey) 5 July 2022 23: 22
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          NATO-NATO. cutlets-kotletovo
          And when they are mixed - now they call it "Noodles on the ears",

          It makes no sense to whitewash the old NATO dog after Yugoslavia.
          No matter how you try to turn the stuffing back.
  7. Grei grin Offline Grei grin
    Grei grin (Gray Grin) 2 July 2022 22: 35
    -1
    and these people wanted to go to the European Union, Kazakhs on camels are a fool, caps on donkeys! What's going on!
  8. Moray Boreas Offline Moray Boreas
    Moray Boreas (Morey Borey) 3 July 2022 12: 13
    +1
    Yes, really ... Yeltsin handed out sovereignties ... now we are disentangling ...
    1. k7k8 Offline k7k8
      k7k8 (vic) 3 July 2022 15: 59
      +1
      And what side is the drunk of all Russia to sovereign Uzbekistan already in those years?
      1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
        Bulanov (Vladimir) 4 July 2022 11: 34
        +1
        If it were not for Belovezhskaya Pushcha, then the USSR would still be standing. If Gorbachev had given the KGB permission to arrest the conspirators, as requested by the KGB, then the USSR would have stood still.
        If ... then the USSR would still stand and there would be no Civil wars along its perimeters.
        1. Dukhskrepny Offline Dukhskrepny
          Dukhskrepny (Vasya) 4 July 2022 12: 03
          -1
          Thanks to the Muscovites who carried the drunk Eltsin in their arms and brought him to the Kremlin
  9. Moray Boreas Offline Moray Boreas
    Moray Boreas (Morey Borey) 3 July 2022 12: 19
    +1
    And two days before that, Lukashenko said that the next region of confrontation would be Central Asia and directly pointed to Uzbekistan.
    https://www.interfax.ru/world/850150
    1. k7k8 Offline k7k8
      k7k8 (vic) 3 July 2022 16: 03
      +1
      Lukashenka's special services are not made with a finger, which they have proven more than once.