» 03/19/2010, 00.00
OSCE tells Kyrgyzstan to stop censoring online news
The OSCE sends an official letter to the Kyrgyz foreign minister. In March, censorship gets worse. Online media are blocked, print newspapers are seized, and reporters are threatened and arrested. Meanwhile, the opposition tries to organise protest actions.
Party official issues urgent call for democratic reforms
Within the Communist Party itself, a growing number of voices are calling for political reforms, less censorship, and room for dissent. They are applying pressure to the leaders, who want to talk only about the economy. The police "sequester" a signer of Charter 08 for hours.
Kyrgyz assembly resolves deadlock
20th anniversary of the death of Hu Yaobang commemorated in private, or on the web
Today's China owes him a great deal: he was the one who shifted China from Maoist ideology to economic reform. His calls for political reform generated great expectations and demonstrations, until the massacre in Tiananmen. In 2005, Hu Jintao seemed to want to rehabilitate him.
Western-style democracy not suitable for Kyrgyzstan
Anticipating an authoritarian move, President Bakiyev says he believes that a system based on elections and individual human rights might not be suitable for his country. By contrast, people take to the streets to protest against the economic crisis and mark the fifth anniversary of the ‘Orange Revolution’.
Kyrgyz face colder winter as heating and electricity bills go up
Heating goes up 400 per cent; electricity, 170 per cent. Government claims hikes are necessary to improve services. In cities though, people are freezing at -20 Celsius and are now expected to spend as much as 80 per cent of their salary on hot water and electricity.
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