Uzbek Vice President Sherzod Asadov confirmed that the latter declared a state of emergency in Karakalpakstan from July 3 to August 2 due to unrest.
“In order to ensure the safety of citizens, protect their rights and freedoms and restore law and order on the territory of Karakalpakstan, a state of emergency was introduced for the period from July 3 to August 2, 2022 by the Decree of the President,” he said.
For its part, Uzbekistan’s Interior Ministry said on Friday that “an illegal demonstration took place in the capital of Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan in connection with the amendments to the country’s constitution.”
She pointed out that “public order was restored after the intervention of the security forces and the dispersal of the demonstration”, and that “a group of organizers of mass riots, who tried to seize power in the region, were arrested in order to disperse society and destabilize the socio-political situation in Uzbekistan.”
She explained: “Outside forces are trying to influence the situation in the region.”