Eighteen people were killed and 243 wounded during unrest in Uzbekistan’s autonomous province of Karakalpakstan over plans to curtail its autonomy, Uzbek authorities said. He also declared a month-long state of emergency in the north-western province. Photographs from Nukus, published on Sunday by the news website Kun.uz, showed street barricades, burnt out trucks and a heavy military presence including armoured personnel carriers. Uzbekistan is a tightly controlled former Soviet republic where the government clamps down hard on any form of dissent. The protests in Uzbekistan were prompted by planned constitutional changes that would have stripped Karakalpakstan of its autonomous status.
Source: The Guardian July 04, 2022 20:18 UTC