Uzbek opposition groups meet in Prague
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||30 June 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Uzbek opposition groups meet in Prague, 30 June 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4ff6aa58c.html [accessed 4 July 2015]|
June 30, 2012
Uzbek opposition groups are meeting in the Czech capital Prague to discuss how best to oust Islam Karimov as the only ruler the Central Asian country has ever known since independence in 1991.
Among those attending are Muhammad Salih, a leading Uzbek opposition leader who has lived in exile since 1993.
He was arrested in Prague in 2001, but later released after Czech officials ruled the Uzbek charges against him were trumped up.
According to RFE/RL's Uzbek Service, the People's Movement of Uzbekistan has taken inspiration from the Arab Spring, which has toppled regimes in Egypt and Tunisia.
It's the second such conference of Uzbek opposition groups following last year's gathering in the German capital, Berlin.