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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Kyrgyzstan Opposition Takes Control Of Second-Largest City

VOA News:

Opposition protesters took control of Kyrgyzstan's second-largest city Monday, amid increasingly violent unrest over the country's recent parliamentary elections. Some 2,000 protesters took over an administrative building and several police stations in the city of Osh, while others gathered in the city center to call for President Askar Akayev's resignation. The biggest rally was held in the nearby town of Jalal-Abad, where some 15,000 people clashed with police and seized the airport.
The violence is somewhat troubling, although from what I can tell still fairly minimal. It does seem though that change is certainly happening in Kyrgyzstan. Hopefully the leaders of the opposition are wise enough to work to establish a democracy and are not simply trying to change who the thug in charge is.


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