State Of Emergency In Uzbekistan After U-Turn On Reforms Amid Protests

Uzbekistan’s emergency after making a U-turn on reforms in protest

Uzbekistan announced a month-long state of emergency in the Autonomous Republic on Saturday. There, a rare protest forced President Shavkatomirjiyoev to lower the constitutional amendment.

Sherzod Asadov, a spokesman for President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, wrote in Telegram that the state of emergency in the Republic of Karakalpakstan would continue from midnight Sunday to August 2.

The statement added that measures had been taken within the territory to “ensure the security of citizens, protect their rights and freedoms (and) restore law and order.”

The Uzbekistan president arrived in Karakalpakstan on Saturday and promised to abolish the constitutional amendment that would weaken the territorial status.

Authorities said on Saturday that they had arrested a “massive riot organizer” who wanted to seize an administrative building in the executive branch of Nukus, which witnessed a rare protest against a constitutional amendment.