Debate: are Kyrgyz squatters right to seize land?
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neweurasia and has been running coverage of squatters and other impoverished citizens of Kyrgyzstan seizing land, especially in the north of the country, after the uprising earlier this month. It’s an old problem with increasing political ramifications: they are threatening to re-destabilize the situation, as neweurasia‘s Mirsulzhan reports today via his Twitter,
Squatters threaten to overthrow the provisional government if the latter won’t give them plots near the diplomatic town.
Are the squatters right to make such demands? Our resident poet, Rubaiyat, doesn’t think so. She has written these lines critical of the squatters, both for the overthrow of Bakiyev and their violation of the principle of private property:
… the best sunlight is private property / for a tulip can drink justice for only so long / before its petals bleed collective tyranny / you weeds, so busy stealing the nation’s rich soil, / ravenous for the trace elements of entitlement, / have sickle thorns and hammer blossoms
After things have settled a new spirit is affecting daily live. I have noticed a long time ago that Kyrgyz people are far more self-motivated, entrepreneurial and able to improvise. But now hope, aspiration and demands related to the chance for a somehow new start contributes to such (mostly positive) activism even further. In Bishkek for example, many people have started to claim land plots and have even started to build jurts and homes.
What do you think? Leave a comment!