Uzbekistan: Police Tightens Control over Mosques on Holy Ramadan

Uzbekistan Materials 8 September 2008 17:43 (UTC +04:00)

Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs has assigned policemen to every mosque in capital Tashkent after holy fasting started last week.

Main entrance to Badamzar mosque in Tashkent.

"All parishioners are observed, especially those who come to pray five times daily, some policemen talk with whom they think show special religious devotion," Adkham akya, former policeman and frequent visitor to one of the Tashkent mosques told Ferghana.ru.

He thinks that tightened police control on the Holy Ramadan is to "show that state controls each step, and in case something happens, anyone can be blamed for being a member of Hizb-ut-Tahrir," or other extremist organization.

Policemen also patrol mahallahs, traditional neighborhood communities.

Entrance to the police office at the side entrance to the Badamzar mosque.