Karimov is likely to get away with murder

  • 2005-05-18
  • By Gwynne Dyer, a London-based independent journalist
The figure of 500 dead sounds suspiciously round, but it will stick. The regime's troops fired heavy machine-guns into the crowd of protesting Uzbeks in the eastern city of Andijan last Friday [May 13] and launched rockets from helicopters. The death toll was certainly at least in the low hundreds.Besides, practically everybody hates President Islam Karimov (who gave himself another term in shamelessly rigged elections last December), so they are more than willing to believe the worst. The question is whether that really means he is finished.Precedent says yes. Three other autocratic rulers...
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