|Article Title||YESTERDAY IN KOKAND|
|Source||Current Digest of the Russian Press, The , No.23, Vol.41, July 05, 1989, page(s):22-22|
|Place of Publication||Minneapolis, USA|
YESTERDAY IN KOKAND
Author: V. Ardayev
3,000 GUNS CONFISCATED IN FERGANA PROVINCE; IN KOKAND, INTERNAL AFFAIRS BUILDING, SHELTERING TURKS, WAS BESIEGED; EXTREMISTS SEIZED FIRE ENGINES, LOCOMOTIVES; VIOLENCE CONTINUES
YESTERDAY IN KOKAND. (By Special Correspondent V. Ardayev. Izvestia, June 10, p. 11. 700 words. Condensed text:) Fergana and Kokand, June 9 (4 p.m., Moscow time)... Police agencies, with the assistance of internal troops, are countering the outrages to the best of their strength and capacity. Thus, a total of 3,033 long guns have been confiscated in the province in the past few days (only 87 were turned over voluntarily), and on June 8 and 9 as many as 48 civilians were detained for various sorts of law violations, while 202 people were detained for violating the curfew. But it has still been impossible to halt the wave of malicious violence.
A colleague from the Uzbek Republic State Committee for Television and Radio and I rode from the airport through the streets of Kokand in a State Motor Vehicle Inspectorate patrol car. As we drove up to the square, the officer and police sergeant in the front seats took out their pistols. On the square were several hundred people. They were mainly teenagers, quite young kids. They followed our car with shouts, and then stones started flying. Farther along, beyond the square, stretched a row of burned-out buildingsthe medical sobering-up station, a bathhouse, a store. The State Motor Vehicle Inspectorate building had also been burned. There were virtually no windows left unbroken at the city internal affairs department. The day beforewhen several correspondents from central newspapers were on the premisesit had withstood a lengthy siege by a crowd bent on committing outrages. Women and children from Turkish families have been put up in the city department's Lenin Room. For several days now, they have been forced to take cover here from the violence. Late at night, the evacuation of families of Meskhetian Turks from Uzbekistan ...
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