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[07.04.23] South Kyrgyzstan Picketers Support of Hizb Ut-Tahrir

More than 20 people picketed in front of the police station in the southern Kyrgyz town of Karasuu on 4 April in support of members of the banned Muslim extremist party Hizb ut-Tahrir, akipress.org reported on 7 April. The picketers, most of whom were middle-aged or elderly women, were demanding the release of relatives who have been detained for allegedly distributing Hizb ut-Tahrir leaflets or having some connection with the party.
 
The raion police chief refused to comment on the picket, but a lower-level officer said the Hizb ut-Tahrir members have been arrested on suspicion of stirring up religious enmity. A representative of the Osh Oblast Internal Affairs Department was quoted as saying some 900 adherents of the party in the region are on police lists for "prophylactic" work. According to a report distributed by the Kyrgyz Human Rights Committee on 7 April, 13 alleged Hizb ut-Tahrir members were arrested in Osh Oblast on 4 April for allegedly distributing literature calling on Muslims to oppose the war in Iraq. Hizb ut-Tahrir is the subject of ongoing discussion in Kyrgyzstan, with law enforcement officials insisting the group is dangerous and human rights activists and the Kyrgyz Ombudsman arguing that it is not because its ideology calling for the creation of an Islamic state eschews violence.
 
Akipress.org, April 07, 2003

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