In Atyrau, on July 1, dozens of people were detained who went to a rally in support of the protesters of Karakalpakstan, writes the Kazakh service of Radio Liberty with reference to the police department of the Atyrau region of Kazakhstan. According to local media, they were migrants from Karakalpakstan.
“About 75 people came to the square. They held an unauthorized rally. Many were detained, after interrogation they were released. We are now carrying out an operational and preventive measure” Migrant “, among the detainees were people who were in the Atyrau region without documents, illegally. an administrative fine. Many have been released, some are awaiting a court decision,” the department’s press service told the publication.
The police claim that among the detainees, in addition to citizens of Uzbekistan, there were other foreigners.
Suppression of mass protests in Karakalpakstan (Uzbekistan): how it was:
Second of July video with a worker from Karakalpakstan in Atyrau published in the telegram channel Orda.kz. According to him, about 40 people were brought to the police, who were going to record an appeal in support of the Karakalpakstan people.
Protests in Nukus, the capital of Karakalpakstan, began on July 1 over draft constitutional amendments, including a proposal to remove from the Basic Law provisions on Karakalpakstan’s sovereignty and the right of its people to secede based on the results of a general referendum.
On July 2, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Nukus, he promised not to change the articles of the Constitution regarding the autonomy of the republic, “if the Karakalpak people are dissatisfied.” The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan called the demonstrations illegal. The agency’s message also refers to “a misinterpretation of the constitutional reforms.” On July 4, it became known that the Parliament of Uzbekistan decided to preserve the status of sovereignty of Karakalpakstan in the new draft Constitution.
According to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan, at least 18 people became victims of the riots. According to the department, all of them received serious injuries incompatible with life. In addition, during the riots another 243 people were injured, including 38 law enforcement officers, 516 protesters were detained.
Since July 3, a state of emergency and a curfew have been introduced in Karakalpakstan. Additional forces of the Uzbek National Guard are in autonomy, mobile communications and the Internet are limited, the Uzbek service of Radio Liberty reports.