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Libyan Tactics Similar To Uzbeks Crushing of Andijan in 2005

Posted by Info on 02/03/2011

The developments in Libya are reminiscent of the government crushing of a rally in Andijan on 13 May 2005.

Gaddafi, like Islam Karimov, is not allowing foreign journalists into the country, blocking the Internet and telecommunications and calling protesters “terrorists”. He appeared on national television yesterday and called foreign news channels “dogs”.

Like Karimov, he is not considering negotiations as an option and is not willing to fulfil even parts of demands of protesters; he is offering a bloodbath instead.

Government troops on armoured vehicles and helicopters were sent to crush thousands of protesters on Andijan’s Bobur Square in May 2005. They opened fire without warning against civilians in broad daylight and killed anyone who moved until night.

Like in Libya now, according to Uzbek opposition leaders, Uzbek authorities also hired foreign mercenaries: one of them was Tajik Col Makhmud Khudoyberganov, who was living in Uzbekistan after a failed coup d’etat in Tajikistan in 1998.

Even though Gaddafi and Karimov are similar in their desire to use violence to stay in power, the situation in Libya now is different from that in Andijan in 2005.
The developments in Libya have spread into other parts of the country and have been going on for several days. Ordinary Libyans have overcome their fear and Gaddafi has lost trust of the Libyan society.

Libyan protesters are more active in using modern technologies, the Internet and social networks to share information and pictures than protesters in Andijan more than five years ago.
Libyans are capable of overthrowing Muammar Gaddafi. Drawing parallels between the two countries, he said that Islam Karimov’s positions were weaker than they seemed.

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Libya Is Close To Civil War But Uzbek TV Audience Knows Nothing – WHY?

Posted by Info on 02/03/2011

Libya is on the brink of a civil war. The leader of the country, Muammar Gaddafi, is quite unsuccessful to stop it using armored vehicles and machine guns on the one hand, and financial subsidies on the other: the government announced each family in the capital would receive monthly 400 US dollars and state employees’ salaries would hike by 150 percent.
Kuwaiti authorities are taking similar measures by handing out packs of money to citizens so they do not take to street.
Other countries of the region are feeling the fever as well: Mauritania, Yemen, Bahrain and Oman are rocked by rallies demanding reforms and corrupt rulers’ resignation. Popular uprisings are thus taking over more and more Arab countries in the region.

However, the Uzbek TV audience knows nothing about these historic events…. the topic is now strictly banned from airing. Apparently, some forces do not want the Uzbek citizens to “draw unnecessary comparisons”. Thus, no single TV company is covering the turmoil in the Arab world.

On 26 February, the main state-run TV channel used its news bulletin, Akhborot, to talk about the saving of tens of ships from ice in the Baltic Sea, terrorist insurgencies in the Kabardino-Balkar Republic…. The half-an-hour long news bulletin did not drop even a word about the turmoil in the Middle East.
The Tashkent TV channel aired a similar coverage. The channel’s Poytakht news bulletin provided a detailed coverage of the recent parliamentary elections in Ireland, France’s Nicolas Sarkozy visiting Ankara, a strike staged by railway employees in Germany, same oil price hikes (no reason provided) and the release of the latest handheld computer. The Uzbek TV did not think the events in Libya and the rest of the Arab world were worthy of coverage.

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