[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 09:38 GMT 10:38 UK
Uzbeks protest at court ruling
By Monica Whitlock
BBC News, Andizhan

An unprecedented demonstration has taken place in the central Asian nation of Uzbekistan.

At least 1,000 people gathered in the eastern town of Andizhan to demand justice for a group of 23 young men accused of being Islamic extremists.

Long lines of protestors stretched down the streets around the courthouse - women on one side, men on the other.

Tuesday's unprecedented call for justice was extremely well organised.

The protesters were dressed in their best clothes, and the scene was peaceful and good humoured.

They had made long wooden benches especially for the women to sit down, and they had also brought supplies of food and water.

The demonstrators even had their own guards and a cameraman to ward off any interference by the militia.

There have been many such court cases in Uzbekistan in recent years, but this is the first time that there has been such a large-scale protest.

It has been organised by the families of the accused, many of whom have several sons already in jail.

Uzbek police break up protest
04 May 05 |  Asia-Pacific
Angry protest in Uzbek capital
03 May 05 |  Asia-Pacific
Uzbekistan no-choice poll closes
26 Dec 04 |  Asia-Pacific
Country profile: Uzbekistan
14 Dec 04 |  Country profiles
Timeline: Uzbekistan
02 Nov 04 |  Country profiles


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific