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Kyrgyzstan in State of Emergency as Protesters Storm the Capital (Update)

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Posted on Apr 7, 2010
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This still from a video uploaded to YouTube shows riot police on the move during Wednesday’s clashes in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan was thrown into turmoil Wednesday after clashes between protesters and police killed at least 17 people, according to The New York Times, and caused Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee the capital of Bishkek.  —KA

Update from BBC:

The opposition in Kyrgyzstan says it is setting up a “people’s government” after deadly clashes left dozens dead.

The opposition said Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov had agreed to resign but President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has yet to do so.

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The New York Times:

Earlier in the day, the police used bullets, tear gas and stun grenades against a crowd of thousands massing in front of the presidential office in Bishkek, according to witness accounts. At least 17 people were killed and others were wounded, officials said.

Opposition leaders said the toll was as high as 100 people, but that figure could not be confirmed.

The upheaval raised questions about the future of an important American air base that operates in Kyrgyzstan in support of the NATO mission in nearby Afghanistan. American officials said that as of Wednesday evening the base was functioning normally.

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By mollypdot, April 8, 2010 at 7:21 am Link to this comment
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Why do some keep saying America is next? Kyrgyzstan is fighting for social
change and democratic freedoms: http://bit.ly/bZ7Jsk We’ve already established a
more peaceful way of creating change and our government is already a
democracy.

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By rico, suave, April 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment

No wonder there’s turmoil. The freakin country doesn’t have any vowels in its alphabet!

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By Hank from Nebraska, April 7, 2010 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

Good.  Now close the U.S. base!

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By PatrickHenry, April 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment

Eventually it will happen here in America.

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By EJH, April 7, 2010 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment

“The upheaval raised questions about the future of an
important American air base that operates in Kyrgyzstan
in support of the NATO mission in nearby Afghanistan.
American officials said that as of Wednesday evening
the base was functioning normally.”

Well, that, at least, is reassuring news.  No democracy
protesters trying to overthrow an American puppet
tyrant should interrupt the steady rain of American
bombs on the innocent civilians of Afghanistan. 
http://theunpeople.blogspot.com/

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By Commune115, April 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment

All power to the masses of Kyrgyzstan!

Revolution is still possible!

Greece! Take notes!

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