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Quote:The former Soviet state of Kyrgyzstan is lurching towards revolution tonight as protesters beat the country's interior minister to death and snipers opened fire on crowds.
The opposition has taken over state television this evening and announced it is demanding the president stand down.
Snipers loyal to unpopular president Kurmanbek Bakiyev fired on protesters after tear gas and rubber bullets failed to disperse the opposition supporters in capital Bishkek, where a state of emergency has been declared.

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But a mob of protesters also beat up and killed the Interior Minister Moldomusa Kongatiyev in the western town of Talas after demanding he should order his forces to stop attacking the opposition rally.
At least 17 have been killed and 108 wounded in the ugly violence.
Furious over government corruption and a recent hike in power prices, demonstrators looted the state television and radio building.
lite police opened fire to drive crowds back from government headquarters.
Protesters marched toward the Interior Ministry in the capital, Bishkek, according to Associated Press reporters on the scene, before changing direction and attacking a national security building nearby. They were repelled by security forces.
Dozens of wounded demonstrators lined the corridors of one of Bishkek's main hospitals, a block away from the main square, where doctors were unable to cope with the flood of patients. Weeping nurses slumped over dead bodies, doctors shouted at each other and the floors were covered in blood.
Many of the injured in the emergency ward had gunshot wounds to their heads and stomachs. Some were moaning and asking for help. 'They are killing us,' said one wounded man on the ward.
Omurbek Tekebayev, the leader of Ata-Meken, the main opposition party, said on television that he wanted every family to adopt the philosophy 'freedom or death'.
Deputy prime minister Akylbek Japarov was taken hostage, it was reported.
The eruption of violence shattered the relative stability of this mountainous former Soviet nation, which houses a U.S. military base that is a key supply centre in the fight against the Taliban in nearby Afghanistan.
The unrest began Tuesday in the western city of Talas, where demonstrators stormed a government office and held a governor hostage, prompting a government warning of "severe" repercussions for continuing unrest.
The opposition called nationwide protests for today, vowing to defy increasingly authoritarian President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

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Bakiyev, who came to power on a wave of street protests subbed the Tulip Revolution in 2005, stayed hidden away as the calls for his resignation grew louder.
The unrest poses a problem for both the White House and the Kremlin. There are both Russian and American military bases in the country, which borders China.
It is also strategically important for the U.S. because it ferries troops and supplies to Afghanistan.
America has muted its criticism of the growing authoritarianism in Kyrgyzstan because of the presence of its military base.
Russia, meanwhile, is actively seeking to restore its sway over this former Soviet republic. Moscow today called for the authorities to stop shooting on its own people.
At root of the unrest are price hikes in utility bills but there is also fury about government corruption and the rise in influence of 'crown prince' Maksim Bakiyev, the president's 32-year-old son.

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Over the past two years, Kyrgyz authorities have clamped down on free media, and opposition activists say they have routinely been subjected to physical intimidation and targeted by politically motivated criminal investigations.
Many of the opposition leaders once were allies of Bakiyev.
Anti-government forces have been in disarray until recently, but widespread anger over a 200 percent hike in electricity and heating gas bills has galvanized the fractious opposition.
Kyrgyz Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov, who earlier dismissed the protesters in Talas as 'bandits', told Reuters by telephone that he and the president were both working in their offices.
'We daren't even look out of the window,' Kamil Sydykov, the prime minister's spokesman, said by telephone from inside the presidential building.
Kyrgyz opposition leader Temir Sariyev said he wanted to hold talks Bakiyev. 'We're going to the government's headquarters,' he told Reuters by telephone.
He said he would be accompanied by three more opposition politicians. Asked whom he would meet, he said: 'The president, probably.'
Police in Bishkek at first used rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannons and concussion grenades today to try to control crowds of young men clad in black who were chasing police officers, beating them up and seizing their arms, trucks and armoured personnel carriers.
Some protesters then tried to use a personnel carrier to ram the gates of the government headquarters, known as the White House.

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Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnew...apped.html



On 6 April 2010, a demonstration in Talas by opposition leaders protested against government corruption and increased living expenses. The protests turned violent and spread nationwide. There were conflicting reports of Interior Minister Moldomusa Kongatiyev having been killed during this event. On 7 April 2010, protesters controlled the internal security headquarters (former KGB headquarters) and a state TV channel in the capital, Bishkek. Reports by Kyrgyzstan government officials indicate that at least 41 people have been killed in bloody clashes with police in the capital.[19]
Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov has accused Russia of supporting these protests meanwhile Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has denied this. Opposition members are also calling for the closing of the US controlled Manas Air Base.[20] Reports circulated that Kyrgyzstan's president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, has fled the capital.[21]
lots of kyrgyz and uzbecks live in afghanistan,in my opinion the whole region could go up in smoke
its probably the soviet union whose orchestrating the unrest.
they'll just move in and clean up when the people are at their lowest
and take it back into the fold of mother russia.
i'll be surprised if that will happen,those kyrgyz are a tough lot,they'll have another afghanistan on their hands


I think the Kyrgyz themselves have just had enough. It's easy to blame it on Russia but the country was already shoulder deep in corruption so it's now wonder.

I don't think the government will be able to quash this. When the people rise together, it's virtually impossible to stop them. It's what makes an effective coup d'├ętat.
i agree. at the moment, mother russia looks a lot better than what they have now.