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Officials of the Karakalpag region see traces of outside intervention in what is happening

The representatives of the authorities in the Karakalpak region of Uzbekistan (the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan) announced what happened on July 1 as an “attempt to seize state bodies”.

Karakalpakstan higher This is stated in the statement issued by the representative body of the government and the Ministry of Internal Affairs on July 2.

The statement says that the “organizers of the riots” gathered citizens in Nukus (the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan) in the square in front of the complex of administrative buildings. It is noted that this means to take control of state institutions and create division in the society, social-political they tried to destabilize it”.

The statement emphasizes that the security forces intervened in the movement of those persons and detained them. But the reasons for the events in the information, action participants and the number of detainees are not specified.

The statement issued by the authorities of the Autonomous Republic on July 2 mentions “attempts of certain unhealthy external forces from abroad to influence the development of the situation in the republic”, including “targeted information dissemination”. But where those forces are connected and who they are are not disclosed.

RFE/RL’s Uzbek service writes that access to alternative sources of information operating in the Karakalpak region is restricted and there are also problems with Internet access.

According to the preliminary information released after the events, the protests started after the publication of the draft amendments to the Constitution.

It is reported that in the draft Constitution, which was put up for public discussion on June 26, the clause regarding the sovereignty of Karakalpakstan and the right of the people of the republic to secede based on a general referendum was removed.

The Karakalpak Autonomous Region was established in 1924, it was part of the Kazakh SSR until 1930, then it was removed and placed under the direct control of the RSFSR. In 1936, the Kara-Kalpak MSSR was incorporated into the Uzbekistan SSR. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the region became the Republic of Karakalpakstan in 1992. On the incorporation of the Republic of Karakalpakstan into Uzbekistan in 1993 20 an annual contract was signed. The agreement establishes the right of the autonomous republic to secede from Uzbekistan by holding a referendum, and now cancellation making offer is being

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