Central Asia: December 23, 2002


Kyrgyzstan has been unable to destroy the Hizb-ut-Tahrir, a group calling for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in Central Asia. Hizb currently engages mainly in leaflet distribution and other low key activities that  encourage the overthrow of the government using peaceful means. The government believes this is just a cover for an organization that will turn violence when it suits their needs. But most of the opposition to the Kyrgyz dictatorship consists of strong individuals (who get thrown in prison or dragged into court if they aren't strong enough) and clan and tribal elders (who are willing to take a handout for themselves or their people.) Banditry and ethnic conflict is becoming more common as the economy gets worse. The drug trade brings more guns and cash into the country.


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