More on the Andijon massacre

Sarah Kendzior

I have an op-ed about the Andijon massacre in the New York Times:

On May 13, 2005, military forces dispatched by the government of Uzbekistan fired on a massive protest in the city of Andijon, killing hundreds of Uzbek citizens. The day before, thousands had gathered in Andijon’s Bobur Square to protest the imprisonment of 23 businessmen and, more broadly, to protest the deteriorating social, political and economic conditions of Uzbekistan.

The next day the crowd grew to over 10,000, some drawn by an expectation that President Islam Karimov would come to address the protest. Instead, demonstrators were greeted by gunfire. According to eyewitness accounts, the military fired indiscriminately, killing innocent bystanders. Human rights activists put the death toll at more than 700.

This is one narrative of what has come to be known as the Andijon massacre. It is the narrative that the Uzbek authorities do not want you to…

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Buffy Sainte-Marie: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee : Video-Lyrics

Indian legislation on the desk of a do-right Congressman

Now, he don’t know much about the issue

so he picks up the phone and he asks advice from the

Senator out in Indian country

A darling of the energy companies who are

ripping off what’s left of the reservations. Huh.

1.

I learned a safety rule

I don’t know who to thank

Don’t stand between the reservation and the

corporate bank

They send in federal tanks

It isn’t nice but it’s reality

chorus:

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee

Deep in the Earth

Cover me with pretty lies

bury my heart at Wounded Knee. Huh.

2.

They got these energy companies that want the land

and they’ve got churches by the dozen who want to

guide our hands

and sign Mother Earth over to pollution, war and

greed

Get rich… get rich quick.

chorus…

3. We got the federal marshals

We got the covert spies

We got the liars by the fire

We got the FBIs

They lie in court and get nailed

and still Peltier goes off to jail

chorus…

4.

My girlfriend Annie Mae talked about uranium

Her head was filled with bullets and her body dumped

The FBI cut off her hands and told us she’d died of

exposure

Loo loo loo loo loo

chorus…

We had the Goldrush Wars

Aw, didn’t we learn to crawl and still our history gets

written in a liar’s scrawl

They tell ‘ya “Honey, you can still be an Indian

d-d-down at the ‘Y’

on Saturday nights”

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee

Deep in the Earth

Cover me with pretty lies

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee. Huh!

via Buffy Sainte-Marie: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee : Video-Lyrics.