Uzbek President condemned populistic exploitation of the religious feelings and tragedy

Today Uzbek television broadcasted recording of Islam Karimov speech at the first meeting of the Senate. Meeting itself was of a procedural nature. However, something that worth mentioning in particular, is evaluation that president Karimov gave to the events that followed two weeks after the tragic terrorist attack in Paris on Jan. 7, when 12 people were killed, including eight of the editorial staff of now world infamous magazine Charlie Hebdo.

In the first days after the attack, the Uzbek authorities have condemned its performers and expressed condolences to the victims and the people of France. Today, President Karimov expressed his attitude to those who is trying to take advantage of this tragedy.

President of Uzbekistan, in particular, said “In respect to the actions taking place after the events in France, those are the games played by politicians to show off! All that done in order to make cheap credibility. “No religion would tolerate when matters of people religious believes are being politicized and abused by elements that are trying to earn popularity at the expense of religion” – said Islam Karimov.
“We know where is the root of what is happening, who are the initiators, what are their goals! Please note, that something like that is always happening everytime when when situation starts to stabilize. Explaining his words, Karimov called these actions “populistic”, they are taken to enhance political credibility to get more “easy” votes.” The fact that these games use the sacred religion of Islam is not excusable neither in this material nor in spiritual aspects.”

As you know, after the tragedy multimillion marchesin defense of freedom of speech and journalists’ right to self-expression” took place in Paris. On this background, a number of European countries have become increasingly anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant in masses. In response to those Muslim countries started expressing protests to support their religious believes and brothers and sisters in Islam.
It should be noted that the next round of social tensions marked after the next issue of the magazine, released with 5 million copies, also contained a provocative pictures.


About Ahmed Islamov

I was born and raised in Uzbekistan and lived in that country for about two thirds of my life. I left the country about 14 years ago but sustained tight bonds with my family and friends living there. I know and communicate personally with hundreds of people including blue-, white- or pink-collar workers. I am naturally very attached to and concerned with everything that is going on there.
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