Uzbekistan: President Appeals to Muslims "Gone Astray"
The custom in Uzbekistan has for many years been to speak about suspected radical Islamists in terms of sinister plots to sow death and destruction.
Accordingly, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s public remarks during a visit to Andijan over the weekend marked a curious development — albeit one the significance of which it may take some time to decipher.
In May 2005, Andijan was the site of a mass uprising that culminated in a bloody crackdown. Rights activists maintain many hundreds of people, mainly unarmed demonstrators, were among the dead. The official account allows for around 187 people killed and has cast a loose association of pious Muslims, known as Akromiya, as leading instigators and organizers of the unrest intended to bring about the overthrow of the government.
In a speech televised on the evening news on June 4, Mirziyoyev alluded to Akromiya at length.
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