There have been violent protests over allegations of manipulation in Kyrgyzstan’s parliamentary elections. After the riots now comes the balance of the number of injured.
After the controversial parliamentary elections in the Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan, serious riots broke out in the capital Bishkek, injuring hundreds and killing one. Nearly 600 people were injured, the high mountain health ministry on the border with China announced Tuesday.
Protesters occupy homes and free ex-presidents
Several opposition parties did not recognize the results of Sunday’s election. You are calling for new elections. Kyrgyz media reported that protesters had occupied several public buildings, including the seat of the government and the mayor’s office in Bishkek. Some of them are said to have broken into the White House, which houses the office and parliament of Head of State Sooronbay Dscheenbekov. The Akipress news agency reported this early Tuesday morning.
In addition, supporters of the imprisoned ex-president Almasbek Atambayev are said to have freed the 64-year-old from a prison managed by the National Security Committee. An eyewitness confirmed to AFP news agency that Atambayev had been released from his cell in the National Security Committee building in Bishkek “without violence and without the use of weapons”.
President: attempted illegal seizure of power
President Sooronbaj Dscheenbekow accused the opposition of attempting an illegal seizure of power. During the night, various political forces attempted to seize power, he said in a speech to the population published Tuesday. The armed forces used the election results as an opportunity to cause unrest in the country. They attacked security forces. “They hit doctors and damaged buildings.” Jenbekov said he had waived an order to shoot to avoid bloodshed.
People protest against the outcome of a parliamentary vote at a rally. Riots broke out after the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan. (Source: Vladimir Voronin / AP / dpa)
The riots in the former Soviet Republic started on Monday as thousands protested against manipulation during last weekend’s parliamentary elections. Some climbed gates to the parliament building and set cars on fire; Security forces used water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades against the crowd. After that, more than a hundred were injured.
The country was sometimes regarded as an island of democracy
Former head of state Atambayev was sentenced to about 11 years in prison for corruption in June. He is said to have helped a convicted criminal escape during his tenure. The Social Democrat led the impoverished country from 2011 to 2017. In 2019, his supporters fought street battles with security forces when they were arrested.
For a time, Kyrgyzstan was an island of democracy in the midst of authoritarian states in Central Asia. In Sunday’s elections, there should have been manipulations such as buying votes.