State of emergency declared for a month in a region of Uzbekistan – RT in French

The presidency of Uzbekistan announced the establishment of a state of emergency for a period of one month in the Republic of Karakalpakstan after rallies against a draft constitutional amendment.

In a press release issued on July 2, the presidency of Uzbekistan explained that it had declared a state of emergency for a period of one month in the Republic of Karakalpakstan, a region in the west of the country, after the demonstrations which took place took place on July 1 in Nukus, the capital of the region.

“By presidential decree, in order to ensure the safety of citizens, to protect their rights and freedoms, to restore public order in the territory of the Republic of Karakalpakstan, a state of emergency was declared for the period from 12:01 a.m. on July 3, 2022 to 12:00 a.m. on August 2, 2022,” presidential spokesman Cherzod Assadov said on Telegram.

According to the decree issued by Chavkat Mirzioev, which can be consulted on the presidency’s website, a curfew will be introduced between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. In addition, several “temporary measures and restrictions” will be put in place, such as a strengthening of “the protection of public order”, “restrictions on freedom of movement”, a restriction on entry and exit on the territory of the Republic or even the prohibition of “the organization and [de] the holding of peaceful assemblies, entertainment, sports and other public events”.

The Parliament of Uzbekistan, for its part, approved this decree on the morning of July 3.

Protests in Nukus against constitutional reform

On July 1, thousands of demonstrators marched through Nukus to oppose the draft constitutional amendment proposed by President Chavkat Mirzioev. This reform provided in particular for the loss of the “sovereign” status of the region, the right to organize a referendum on its self-determination or even the extension of the presidential mandate from five to seven years.

In his decree, Chavkat Mirzioev described these gatherings as a “real threat to the life and health of citizens”, also denouncing “acts of attacks against law enforcement officers”.

The previous day, the parliament, government and police of the Republic of Karakalpakstan said in a press release that they had arrested a “group including riot organizers and people who actively opposed law enforcement”, stating that the suspects had attempted to seize public buildings during the rallies.

Following these demonstrations, Chavkat Mirzioev went there to announce the abandonment of his reform project.

Came to power in 2016 after the death of his predecessor Islam Karimov, Chavkat Mirzioev implemented major economic and social reforms. He had been widely re-elected in the 2016 poll with more than 80% of the vote.


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