The conflict arose between the central government of Uzbekistan and Karakalpakstan within Uzbekistan.
Karakalpakstan declared its sovereignty in 1990 and voluntarily became part of Uzbekistan. The Authorities of Uzbekistan decided to amend the Constitution of the country which deprive Karakalpakstan of sovereignty.
As a result, several thousand Karakalpakstan residents came out to protest. There are no reports of a clash with police yet.