Kerry Supporters Hold Tashkent Fundraiser

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Seeking to "Kerry Tashkent," dozens of expatriates and locals gathered in the Uzbek capital on Saturday for a fundraising party to support Senator John Kerry in this year's U.S. presidential election.

Staged at a private home, about 100 attendees gave suggested $10 donations and bought drinks and T-shirts, the proceeds for which were to be forwarded to the Democrat's campaign.

Organizers also offered information on absentee voting and voter registration.

Among the items for sale were a T-shirt featuring a locally available detergent named "Barf" with U.S. President George W. Bush's picture on the box, beneath the slogan, "Another Four Years?"

"Barf" means "snow" in Persian languages.

Many of the expatriates at the event said they felt the world had taken an increasingly negative view of the United States during Bush's presidency, something especially poignant for Americans living abroad.

About 700 Americans are registered as living in Uzbekistan with the U.S. Embassy.