Rapping in discord

Song>> Ethnic Tension • Krygzstan

Published: Sunday 15 July 2012

A rap song, that claims Uzbeks to be superior to Krygyz people, is stoking tension in the southern Krygz city of Osh. Two years after ethnic clashes between Uzbek and Krygyz communities in Osh left 400 dead and tens of thousands displaced, the song declares the city to be an Uzbek region and asks the Krygyz to go back to their mountains in Alai. News blog kloop.kg quoted the song as proclaiming, “When meeting face-to-face (with us), you (ethnic Kyrgyz) can’t do anything; strong Uzbek guys are number one in all of the (country's) districts.”

News agency Radio Free Europe reports that the song has already provoked a few minor incidents among ethnic Uzbek and Krygyz youth. Osh police, however, states that no official complaint has been made in relation to the song, and that they have identified the song’s author, who is yet to be named.

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