Uzbekistan scraps plans to curb Karakalpak autonomy after protest | Protests News


President Mirziyoyev drops plans following a uncommon public protest within the northwestern Karakalpakstan province.

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has dropped plans to curtail the autonomy of the nation’s Karakalpakstan province following a uncommon public protest within the northwestern area, his workplace has mentioned.

Friday’s rally was known as to protest constitutional reform plans that might have modified the standing of Karakalpakstan, an autonomous republic house to the Karakalpak individuals – an ethnic minority group with its personal language, Uzbek authorities mentioned.

Police dispersed the protesters after a few of them tried to storm native authorities buildings within the area’s capital, Nukus, following a march and a rally on the metropolis’s central market, native and authorities officers mentioned.

Underneath the present Uzbek structure, Karakalpakstan is described as a sovereign republic inside Uzbekistan that has the precise to secede by holding a referendum.

The brand new model of the structure – on which Uzbekistan plans to carry a referendum within the coming months – would now not point out Karakalpakstan’s sovereignty or proper for secession.

However in a swift response to the protest, Mirziyoyev mentioned on Saturday throughout a go to to Karakalpakstan that the adjustments relating to its standing have to be dropped from the proposed reform, his workplace mentioned in a press release.

Karakalpakstan’s authorities mentioned in a press release earlier on Saturday that police had detained the leaders of Friday’s protest, and a number of other different protesters who had put up resistance.

A joint assertion by the republic’s police, parliament and cupboard mentioned that “provocateurs” had tried “to grab state establishments … cut up the society and destabilise the socio-political scenario in Uzbekistan”.

“A bunch of organisers of mass riots and individuals who actively resisted legislation enforcement businesses have been detained. Investigative actions are underway in opposition to them,” the assertion mentioned, blaming the unrest on a “prison group”.

The adjustments regarding Karakalpakstan have been a part of a broader constitutional reform proposed by Mirziyoyev, which additionally consists of strengthening civil rights and increasing the presidential time period to seven years from 5.

If the reform is endorsed within the deliberate referendum, it could reset Mirziyoyev’s time period rely and permit him to run for 2 extra phrases.

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