Members of the Uzbek opposition are to gather in Turkey for the 8th anniversary of the Andijan massacre. The second international conference organized by the Association of Uzbeks under the title "A Free Uzbekistan" will bring together many from the Uzbek opposition living abroad as well as Turkey's prominent journalists, authors, and NGO representatives. Many Uzbek opposition members, journalists and writers both from Uzbekistan and abroad will come together at the conference organized to discuss the massacre conducted by Uzbek President Islam Karimov in the Andijan region and Karimov’s atrocities against his own people. The conference, which will include a photo exhibition of the massacre, murder and torture conducted in Uzbekistan over 23 years, will start Saturday, May 11 at 9:00 at the Üsküdar Bağlarbaşı Congress and Culture Center. The Uzbek opposition will also hold a press conference in Taksim Square on Friday, May 10 at 11:00.
A large massacre took place on May 13, 2005 in the city of Andijan located in Uzbekistan's Fergana Valley. The security forces of Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov’s administration opened fire on the crowd protesting in front of the Governorship of Andijan. 3 thousand people were killed and tens of thousands of people fled to Kyrgyzstan. Although eight years have passed since the incident, no inquiry has been opened about the massacre.