Violent Protests In Kyrgyzstan Amidst Claims Of Rigged Elections

Around 4,000 protesters also released the arrested former president after they stormed into the building that was housing him

Raghav N

October 6, 2020

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Kyrgyzstan witnessed violent protests in its capital city Bishkek as thousands took to the streets, demanding for the annulment of the recently concluded parliamentary election results. Many were injured in the clashes with the police as they claimed that the poll’s outcome was manipulated and rigged.

Early voting results gave the majority to two parties with ties to the country’s ruling elites, amidst allegations of vote-buying. Only four out of the 16 contesting parties achieved the 7% criterion to enter the parliament, two of which are well-acquainted with President Sooronbay Jeenbekov.

Supporters of the defeated outfits marched to the capital’s central square to dispute the appointment of the pro-Russian president. Many demonstrators called out the lawlessness that was apparent during the whole voting process.

Apart from this, at least 4,000 people rallied and stormed into the National Security Committee building, where former President Almazbek Atambayev was serving prison-time over alleged corruption charges. His supporters managed to free him from jail.

The police were forced to use tear gas, water cannons and grenades to control the uprising, while the crowd was seen hurling rocks at the law enforcement authorities.

After countries like Belarus and Armenia, Kyrgyzstan becomes yet another Russian ally with serious political and security concerns on its own land.

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