The Observer International Anger as US backs brutal regime
300 civilians are dead. The White House says that "terrorist groups" may have been involved in the protests. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have each documented cases in Uzbekistan where excessive force has been used against peaceful protesters, and torture has been used against prisoners, so regarding the White House allegations (as the song goes) "it ain't necessarily so..."
Uzbekistan is thought to be one of several destination points for extraordinary renditions by the US.