Enthusiasts Kyrgyzstan: the seat of power invaded, the former president released

10:45  06 october  2020
10:45  06 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Protesters seized Kyrgyzstan ’s seat of government and freed a jailed former president on Tuesday after demonstrations against an election marred by Looting was a feature in two popular uprisings that overthrew authoritarian presidents in 2005 and 2010, but the former Soviet country has enjoyed

Soviet power was initially established in the region in 1919, and the Kara- Kyrgyz Autonomous By then, the Kyrgyzstan Democratic Movement (KDM) had developed into a significant political force A report, released in January 2011, concluded that the events in southern Kyrgyzstan constituted a

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Protesters invaded the seat of power in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan early Tuesday, contesting the results of Sunday's legislative elections, and have released from prison former President Almazbek Atambayev, according to media and one of his supporters.

The demonstrators, who demand the resignation of President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and the holding of new parliamentary elections, have met no resistance, witnesses told AFP .

Accusations of fraud, in particular of vote buying, tarnished those organized on Sunday. The head of the mission of the OSCE come to observe the elections, Thomas Boserup, had judged that the elections were "generally well" but that "credible allegations of vote buying raise serious concern. ".

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The president of Kyrgyzstan has advised election authorities to investigate the results of a disputed parliament race that has stoked chaotic unrest in the capital President Sooronbay Jeenbekov called on the country’s Central Election Commission (CEC) to “carefully” review any possible violations in the

Former president of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev has been set free from the central jail in Bishkek, after protesters calling the parliamentary Atambayev was released around 4:30 am local time on Tuesday by protesters who had taken the jail, RIA Novosti reported from the Kyrgyz capital.

The demonstrators in the process freed former President Almazbek Atambayev from prison "without using force or weapons", told AFP one of his supporters, Adil Turdukuov, who said he attended the the scene.

The cell of the former leader, who was serving an eleven-year prison sentence and is a former protégé of the current president, was in the National Security Committee building and the guards offered no resistance according to him.

Videos posted shortly after on social media showed Atambayev waving to his supporters.

A witness who participated in entering Parliament but requested anonymity told AFP that the protesters forced their way into the building. "No one was trying to protect him when the crowd came in," he said.

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Former Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan , Sapar Isakov, was released from the prison colony in Moldovanovka village. Relatives of other supporters of the former president gathered near the pretrial detention center 1 and demand to release Farid Niyazov and Kanat Sagynbaev.

Dozens of people were injured during clashes between protesters and riot police in downtown Bishkek, as demonstrators rallied against the results of Kyrgyzstan ’s recent parliamentary elections.

"We stopped, we sang the national anthem and we entered the building without (meeting) any resistance", he added, specifying that only a few "technical agents" were then at the interior and quickly withdrew.

Photos released by the Kyrgyz service of Radio Free Europe showed demonstrators walking through the main center of power in Kyrgyzstan. Several other local media also reported the building being taken over by protesters.

On Monday, at least 120 people were hospitalized in Bishkek after clashes between the police and demonstrators who challenged the results of the previous day's parliamentary elections dominated by two parties close to power.

Police used stun grenades and then tear gas to disperse the hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the center of town.

"More than 120 people have been hospitalized, several in serious condition," the Kyrgyz health ministry said in a statement, adding that about half were "law enforcement officials".

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Protesters challenging the outcome of Kyrgyzstan ’s parliamentary polls on Tuesday released from a penal colony former Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, 24.kg news agency reported. The former prime minister had been found guilty of corruption and dismissed from his post upon the parliament’s decision.

Footage has emerged showing the building, which is the seat of both presidential and parliamentary powers , as it was Shortly after storming the White House, protesters freed former Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev, sentenced to 11 years for corruption, as well as his former chief of staff and

The demonstration was organized at the behest of five political parties which failed to meet the 7% threshold required to enter Parliament.

Ease tensions

In an attempt to ease tensions, Sooronbay Jeenbekov's office announced Monday evening that the 61-year-old president, elected in 2017, would meet on Tuesday the leaders of 16 parties that participated in the elections.

In the evening, the pro-presidential Birimdik party, which came in first with 25% of the vote, announced that it accepted the idea of ​​a new election, calling on all the other parties having exceeded 7% to do the same.

Birimdik and the Mekenim Kyrgyzstan party, both pro-Jeenbekov and in favor of a stronger integration of Bishkek within the Eurasian Economic Union promoted by Moscow, are neck and neck with about a quarter of the votes.

The pro-presidential Kyrgyzstan party is also expected to stay in Parliament with nearly 9% of the vote. Two other formations, one nationalist and the other founded by a former Prime Minister, should also exceed 7%.

Fear of looting

However, the clashes continued into the night in the streets surrounding the Ala-Too square in Bishkek where the demonstrators first gathered, according to an AFP correspondent.

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Previous attempt to arrest Almazbek Atambayev led to fighting between soldiers and his supporters.

The former president , Almazbek Atambayev, who was in office from 2011 to 2017, has accused his successor and onetime protégé, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, of fabricating criminal charges against him to stifle Kyrgyzstan ’s first two presidents after independence were both driven from office by riots.

According to many witnesses, the shops in the city center have withdrawn their products from the stalls, for fear of possible looting.

In the afternoon, at least 5,000 people gathered in Ala-Too Square, near the presidency, chanting anti-power slogans. "Jeenbekov out! Matraïmov out!", Shouted the crowd, addressing President Sooronbay Jeenbekov and a former senior official accused of corruption.

Ala-Too Square was the starting point for two revolutions in 2005 and 2010 which successively overthrew two authoritarian presidents.

A popular singer in the country, Mirbek Atabekov, accused "politicians of putting money above everything", calling on the crowd not to respond to provocations.

Surrounded by authoritarian regimes, Kyrgyzstan, a poor mountainous country, is a democratic exception in central Asia , even if political transitions have always been rough.

06/10/2020 02:54:07 - Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) (AFP) - © 2020 AFP

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