Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Protest in Tashkent
A small group of demonstrators has held an angry, illegal protest in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.
About 60 people got through tight government security to the United States embassy, where they called for justice.
Furious protestors lined the railings opposite the US embassy, an unprecedented scene in Tashkent.
They came from one of the poorest regions of the country, slipping through formidable city security in taxis and on the metro.
Nearly all were women with small children, a safety measure against being taken away by the plain-clothes agents who stood ready.
At one point security men did move in, but the women screamed and beat them back.
The protestors are demanding justice from the government which they say unfairly took possession of their profitable farm, rendering them destitute.
Asked why the US Embassy was chosen, protesters replied that they could not count on the local authorities' goodwill or on help from Russia and nearby countries and therefore wanted to attract attention of the US Department of State, international organizations, and the media.