The reason for the protests was the draft of the new Constitution of Uzbekistan, which excludes from the Basic Law the provisions on the sovereignty of the Republic of Karakalpakstan and the right to secession based on a general referendum
In the capital of Karakalpakstan (part of Uzbekistan), Nukus, protests took place over the constitutional reform, Gazeta.uz reported. Footage from the scene captured a procession of demonstrators on the streets of the city, some protesters holding the flag of Karakalpakstan in their hands.
The reason for the protests was the draft of the new Constitution of Uzbekistan, which excludes provisions on the sovereignty of Karakalpakstan and its right from the main document of the country people to secede on the basis of the results of the general referendum, radio station “Ozodlik” explains. (Uzbek edition of “Radio Liberty”, in Russia, the radio station is included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of media-foreign agents).
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan reported that the protests began in the center of Nukus around 15:00 local time (13:00 Moscow time). “Some citizens, due to a misinterpretation of the constitutional reforms being carried out in our republic, unexpectedly organized street rallies,” — The Ministry of Internal Affairs noted.
The forces and means of law enforcement agencies were attracted to the scene in order to prevent violation of public order, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uzbekistan added.
RBC sent a request to the Russian Embassy in Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and the administration of the President of Karakalpakstan.
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Amendments to the Constitution of Uzbekistan were submitted for public discussion on June 26. According to “Ozodlik” and the BBC Uzbek service, against the backdrop of criticism of the reform and calls for protests in social networks in Karakalpakstan, there are problems with wired and mobile Internet.
In 1930, the Kara-Kalpak Autonomous Region was withdrawn from the Kazakh ASSR and transferred to the RSFSR. In 1936-1990, the Karakalpak ASSR was part of the Uzbek SSR. In December 1990, the Parliament of the Autonomous Republic of Karakalpakstan adopted a declaration on state sovereignty, and in 1993 an agreement was signed on the entry of Karakalpakstan into Uzbekistan for 20 years. The agreement mentions the right of Karakalpakstan to secede from Uzbekistan by holding a referendum.