Kyrgyzstan Braces for More Unrest
Posted on Jun 16, 2010
After last week’s deadly conflict in Kyrgyzstan, officials are zeroing in on the possibility that the riots were the product of a coordinated group effort and preparing for the possibility that more trouble may be on the way. —KA
The New York Times:
“The population is being bribed by third parties,” said Zarylbek Rysaliyev, Bishkek’s chief of police, at a press conference in the capital, according [to] 24.kg, a Kyrgyz news service. “But the people know who is arranging all this and where the wind blows from.”
The neighboring Central Asian nation of Tajikistan announced Wednesday that it was evacuating its citizens from Kyrgyzstan and fortifying borders between the two countries, a sign of anxiety that last week’s rioting would set off wider unrest.
Mr. Rysaliyev said that authorities had set up an outer ring of checkpoints around the capital on Wednesday and would consider three additional rings if conditions worsen.
AP / Alexander Zemlianichenko
Kyrgyz soldiers and volunteers check passing cars and search for weapons at a checkpoint on the Uzbek border near the southern city of Osh on Wednesday.