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Residents of Uzbek province dispute official report

CONFLICTING ACCOUNTS 15 men on trial for murder and terrorism in Andijan have said they are guilty. But Andijan residents and human rights groups disagree

AFP , ANDIJAN, UZBEKISTAN

"We don't want his children to feel guilty," Kasymov said.

The building next door to the mahalla presents a somewhat different story however, suggestive of the social control that has been stepped up in Andijan since the May violence.

A sprawling courtyard teahouse, its customers have deserted it since 12 of its owner's relatives fled to Kyrgyzstan.

The owner, an old man, now sits alone each day, reading on one of the raised platforms where customers once reclined and drank tea under the trees.

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