Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Ethnic Uzbeks = Victims of Kyrgyzstan Massacre Are Blamed For Violence

Posted by Info on 12/01/2011

A government commission has blamed prominent local Uzbeks for provoking the brutal ethnic clashes that left hundreds dead in June.The minority suffered almost three times as many casualties as ethnic Kyrgyz in the clashes.

Abdygany Erkebayev, chief investigator of the national inquiry into the events, said that militant campaigning for community rights by Uzbek leaders had stoked up tension between the two communities. “All these meetings, rallies, and efforts to achieve special status irritated the indigenous Kyrgyz population, and eventually led to the first conflict.”

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