Kyrgyz authorities assault Uzbek residents with rifles, two dead

Posted Jun 21, 2010 by Andrew Moran
Witnesses say that security forces of Kyrgyzstan's interim government went into a village in Uzbekistan and began to assault men and women with their rifle butts. The beatings left two people dead and more than twenty injured.
Ethnic riots continue in Kyrgyzstan killing 80 wounding thousands.
Ethnic riots continue in Kyrgyzstan killing 80 wounding thousands.
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The situation in Kyrgyzstan remains tense as the interim government and the international community move cautiously and diplomatically to resolve the political upheaval and violence in the Central Asian country.
The violence continues
According to the Associated Press, witnesses accuse Kyrgyzstan government forces of assaulting men and women in an Uzbekistan village with their rifle butts, which cost the lives of two people and wounding more than 20 people.
Kyrgyzstan officials say the operation in the village of Nariman was conducted in order to deter Uzbek residents from entering Kyrgyzstan and to look for suspected criminals and weapons, reports the Voice of America. However, human rights groups believe the assault was carried out because of the murder of a police officer last week.
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Nevertheless, the interim government’s leader, Roza Otunbayeva, stated that Kyrgyzstan will continue with its planned constitutional referendum on Sunday, reports Al Jazeera. Meanwhile, the country is still in a state of emergency.
International response
The Vancouver Sun reports that Canadian government will give Kyrgyzstan $500,000 in financial assistance. The funds, according to International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda, will be allocated to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which will analyze the precise needs of the approximately one million people.
“Canada's support to the displaced people in their time of crisis once again demonstrates that Canadians will help those in need,'' said Oda. “This contribution will provide humanitarian support to those fleeing conflict in southern Kyrgyzstan, leaving their homes in fear.''
The governments of Kazakhstan and Turkey announced on Monday that they will also offer their support to Kyrgyzstan. They further stated that they back the government’s decision to proceed with its vote.