» 04/20/2007, 00.00
Kyrgyz protesters cleared away by police
Protesters had camped out for the past week in front of the presidential palace, known as the White House. Last night clashes took place and the police launched tear gas and arrested about a hundred people. President and opposition level charges at each other as the situation remains uncertain.
OSCE complains of irregularities in Bakiyev’s referendum
President Bakiyev called the referendum to back his constitutional reforms. Officially 80 per cent of voters cast their ballot, 75 per cent in favour of changes, but many doubts persist about the actual turnout and the legality of many ballots. The president also dissolves opposition-controlled parliament.
People take to the streets demanding the resignation of Bakiyev
Thousands demonstrate in Bishkek and other cities, exacerbated by poverty and widespread corruption. Protesters clash with police but do not leave the square. The authorities arrest opposition leaders. The parliament debates whether to call in the army.
Accused of embezzlement and abuse of power, Bakiyev’s son disappears
Known at home as the ‘prince’, Maksim Bakiyev is believed to have fled the country on 6 April on a flight to Washington. The United States has denied reports that the son of the former president applied for refugee status. He and his father are viewed as the main culprits in the country’s economic implosion.
Thousands take to the streets demanding President Bakiyev’s resignation
Tens of thousands of protesters rally against the Kyrgyz leader in Bishkek. The opposition blames him for not keeping his promises of reform and economic development. But Bakiyev seems bent on resisting calls for his resignation. As the country splits, the dangers of social instability rise.
More violence in Bishkek, but Sunday’s elections appear safe
The headquarters of a party are stormed without police doing anything to stop it. Some 29 parties are running for 120 seats to shape the country’s future. Violence remains a distinct possibility, even after the elections.
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