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Kyrgyzstan: Osh authorities do not permit Hizb-ut-Takhrir activists to celebrate the Hait

12.10.2007 19:12 msk

Ferghana.Ru news agency

Religious life Kyrgyzstan

On October 12, Osh municipal authorities turned down the request from Hizb-ut-Takhrir (an outlawed organization in the first place) to organize a public celebration of Hait, the Break Fast that marks the end of the sacred Ramadan.

Sixty or so policemen wielding automatic rifles formed a ring about the square in front of the Babur Drama Theater to prevent the festivities. (It was in front of Babur's Theater that Hizb-ut-Takhrir activists had planned another celebration.)

One Mahmoud of Hizb-ut-Takhrir (that was the name he gave) said trucks with pots, chairs, and whatever were expected by 0930 hours but had been ordered to pull over and arrested by the traffic police.

Insiders say, however, that Osh top cop Rasul Usmanov had been personally involved in the mob dispersal at about 1000 hours (including journalists, human rights activists, and believers alike).