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NEWS: Kyrgyz government office stormed

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posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 05:11 AM
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Protesters have taken government office in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek. The protesters have stormed to president compound and staff are being forced to write letters stating that they have resigned for their jobs, no one knows if the president has left or know what his plans are. Reports state that the mayors office is about to be taken aswell by the crowd. One man has been killed in the fighting.
 



news.bbc.co.uk
Protesters have broken through police lines and stormed the main government office in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek.

Hundreds flooded into the compound as police opposition melted away, waving a flag from a second floor window and scattering documents, reporters said.

Earlier several thousand opposition protesters clashed with pro-government forces, fighting running battles with sticks, stones and shields.

The protesters are demanding that President Askar Akayev step down.

It is the first show of strength by the opposition in the capital after growing unrest in the south, a BBC correspondent says.

The protests were sparked by disputed elections in February, and a second round on 13 March, which saw the opposition reduced to just a handful of seats in the 75-member parliament.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.



Here are some key facts

- Protesters say parliamentary poll was rigged and want president to resign
- Opposition includes local leaders who lost seats
- Protests fuelled by dissatisfaction at the economy and official corruption
- Presidential election due in October but Mr Akayev barred from running

It seems, in former USSR states, governments are being overthrown by the people. Unlike Ukraine, the opposition is split here with some stating that Kyrgyzstan's should be two countries, talk of civil war is stating to surrounding the area.

With the president AWOL, no one really knows what his plans are, is he going to take government buildings back or stand down. The president has told police not to fire on the crowd, so it seems he is still giving orders.

BREAKING REPORTS!

Reports are now stating opposition leaders are in the building, we can confirm one is now in the government building. Opposition now control TV and the airwaves, they state new elections will take place. They demand Askar Akayev to step down.

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[edit on 24-3-2005 by infinite]




posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 05:51 AM
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This does not look like Ukraine.

This looks like a coup, from the news reports that i have read, while they were some fraud, the opposition were never ever going to win the election.

With all the coups that have being happening lately, it's not a surprise before someone figures it out. Complain hard enough and you will get in power.

[edit on 24-3-2005 by rapier28]



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 05:54 AM
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This does not look like Ukraine.

This looks like a coup, from the news reports that i have read, while they were some fraud, the opposition were never ever going to win the election.


In Ukraine, they planned it, this is just a crowd. The opposition isn't even united.



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 05:59 AM
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What on Earth is wrong with the President.

Where are the riot police?

It's a mob, it needs to be dealt with.

EDIT: Update

Two Ministers including the Interior Minister are sacked

New Minister Cracks Down on Protests

[edit on 24-3-2005 by rapier28]



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 06:02 AM
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police have been told not to use force,
but reporters are stating that beatings were taken place in another place, Russia is not going to get involved.

[edit on 24-3-2005 by infinite]



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 06:29 AM
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Actually, the only fraud in the elections were unequal access to the media and banning of several candidates.

There were no reports of vote-rigging by the European observers.

If only Gore supporters protested this hard.



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 06:56 AM
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Anti-government protesters have overrun the presidential palace, the White House, in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek.

Hundreds flooded into the compound as police opposition melted away, waving a flag from a second floor window and scattering documents, reporters said.

Earlier opposition protesters - who are demanding that President Askar Akayev step down - fought running battles with pro-government forces.

Protesters also took over state TV and announced the government had fallen.

Until now the channel has not covered the growing protests on the news, showing nature programmes instead.

But unidentified people appeared on Kyrgyz TV for a special news bulletin at 1700 (1200 GMT) announcing that power had passed to the opposition and government leaders had gone


news.bbc.co.uk...




posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 07:31 AM
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Protesters have taken government office in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek


Vanna? Can I buy a vowel?


Seriously, what the heck is this, a coup by mob? That's interesting...(and something fishy there).

Here's the 10 million dollar question...

How many nukes there?



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 07:32 AM
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Originally posted by Gazrok


How many nukes there?


not sure, but i heard they have a nice oil source there.
US and Russia both have bases there



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 08:06 AM
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Kyrgyz President flees

Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev has left the country with his family toward neighbouring Kazakhstan, Interfax reported today citing unnamed sources.
The whereabouts of 60-year-old Akayev had been unknown since thousands of opposition supporters armed with rocks and clubs took over Kyrgyzstan's main seat of power.

Source



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 09:00 AM
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Originally posted by infinite
not sure, but i heard they have a nice oil source there.


OPEC Review 1999.
The Oil and Gas Links Between Central Asia and China

What China needs to do now is to build a bridge to link these resources. The key rationale behind this is a regional energy linkage, which constitutes a new visionary way of handling input into China.



China cannot ignore the new "Great Game" played in Central Asia and the Caucasus region. All the major powers involved so far have their varying motivations and advantages to reap from their influence on the landlocked region. China, advantageously positioned on the border of Central Asia, sees an opportunity to broaden its geo-economic role in the region and beyond, so as to become a more important geopolitical force.At the turn of the century, China will give higher priority to market penetration and aggressive diplomacy. Further alliances and geopolitical goals in Central Asia, the Middle East and Russia will be explored. However, the benefits to China will depend on the effective management of uncertainties and the status of its geopolitical strength.

Source



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 09:30 AM
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this event or chain of events began since last week
Protests in Kyrgzstan After Elections; Governors Held Hostage



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 09:37 AM
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ww, point taken.
But, 'superpowers' think ahead. Not weeks, months...but a decade.

Sanc'.



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 09:41 AM
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Originally posted by worldwatcher
this event or chain of events began since last week
Protests in Kyrgzstan After Elections; Governors Held Hostage


Yeah i remember hearing abit it last week



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 09:44 AM
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sorta refreshing to see citizens exercising one of their "rights"....to overthrow the govt. there is a point when politics will not, can not change the system of govt because its so corrupted that it needs a......makover, so to speak. makes one wonder about the current state of affairs in AMERIKA..........................



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 09:58 AM
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Good news, if accurate....(Wikipedia)



Kazakhstan - Inherited 1,400 nuclear weapons from Soviet Union, returned them all to Russia by 1995. Signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. [16]



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 09:59 AM
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Kyrgyz Opposition to take over
By Dmitry Solovyov in Bishkek
March 25, 2005

Kyrgzstan's opposition seized the main government building in the capital today and said it was ready to take control of the Central Asian country after days of violent protest.
Impoverished Kyrgyzstan looks set to become the third ex-Soviet state in two years to see its entrenched leadership fall to popular protests after disputed elections, following Ukraine and Georgia.


The country of 5 million borders China and lies in an energy-rich region where Washington and Moscow vie for influence. Both powers have military bases outside the capital.

Source



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 10:03 AM
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I think civil war will break out in the region,
i can really see it happen



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 10:14 AM
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And here is a previous, relevant thread John bull 1 had brought up.
Currently watching the events as they unfold, will comment later when more variables are known.

Who is Organising these Spontaneous Popular Uprisings ?



posted on Mar, 24 2005 @ 10:17 AM
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Originally posted by Vajrayana
And here is a previous, relevant thread John bull 1 had brought up.
Currently watching the events as they unfold, will comment later when more variables are known.

Who is Organising these Spontaneous Popular Uprisings ?



thats what i was thinking when i was making the thread.
hmm....its the third country in the former soviet block now, any takers on a fourth?



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