College teacher, Andijan district, June 2017

September 15, 2017

“This year we spent more time than ever before in the cotton fields, doing public cleaning work and tree-planting. Moreover, we had to work without a break when the president visited the Fergana Valley. We spent almost one month on the preparations. Thousands of teachers and doctors cleaned the sides of the roads along which Mirziyoyev would travel and planted decorative flowers, especially in the Bogishamol area. These flowers were the most expensive flowers in the market. The governor’s office or our directorate ordered us to choose “this particular flower” or “red or yellow flowers”. Every such damned flower costs at least between 6,000 and 12,000 Som. We buy them from the market from our own money. For example, our college had to buy 100 – 150 of these flowers three times, and every teacher had to contribute 50,000 Som each. That’s not including travel expenses, lunch and other expenses.”