In Karakalpakstan, the state of emergency introduced during the suppression of protests was canceled. According to the press service of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the order is valid from 5 am on July 21, transmits Uzbek service of Radio Liberty.
“The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, taking into account the appeal of Jokargy Kenes, and also taking into account that public order has been restored in the region, the safety of citizens, the protection of their rights and freedoms have been ensured, signed a decree on the early termination of the state of emergency in the territory of Karakalpakstan from 05:00 July 21,” the official statement said.
Earlier it was reported that deputies of Jokargy Kenes asked the President to cancel the state of emergency in Karakalpakstan and pardon citizens not involved in the protests.
During the state of emergency in Karakalpakstan, the Internet was turned off. Later, his work was resumed, but after two hours the Internet disappeared again.
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. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Uzbekistan, at least 18 people became victims of the riots.
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.”
Fourth of July authorities of Uzbekistan declared about the death of 18 people: of them 14 – this is civil, four are law enforcement officers. 516 people were also detained. On the same day, the Parliament of Uzbekistan adopted an official decision save the status of the sovereignty of Karakalpakstan in the draft amendments to the Constitution of the country.
Uzbek police interrogate people from Karakalpakstan in Kazakhstan: