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Kyrgyzstan protesters storm state media offices
Opposition supporters in Kyrgyzstan have stormed the offices of state radio and TV amid escalating unrest over rising fuel prices and corruption.
Thai PM declares emergency in Bangkok amid protests
Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has declared a state of emergency in Bangkok amid escalating anti-government protests.
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Kyrgyz Interior Minister and Vice Prime Minister taken hostage
nterior Minister of Kyrgyzstan Moldomus Kongantiyev, Vice Prime Minister Akilbek Kaparov and Governor of Talas region Beyshenbek Bolotbekov were taken hostage by the trouble-makers, who reportedly seized the arms and ammunitions at the building of the Office of Internal Affairs.
Riot police fought running battles with more than 5,000 demonstrators in the capital Bishkek as angry crowds demanded the resignation of President Kumanbek Bakiyev. Kyrgyzstan’s Health Ministry spokeswoman Larisa Kachibekova confirmed the casualty figures.
Kyrgyzstan’s Interior Minister Moldomus Kongantiyev was reported to have been killed by protestors in the north-western city of Talas, where riots first erupted yesterday
Radio Free Europe
Neighboring Uzbekistan reportedly increased security along its borders with Kyrgyzstan.
Kazakh authorities said they would take all necessary measures to reinforce security alongside the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border if the situation in the neighboring country escalated further.
"So far, the border is operating under its regular regime," Kenzhebulat Beknazarov. a spokesman for the Kazakh Committee for National Security, told reporters today. "However, the Kazakh border service is ready to take appropriate measures to reinforce the border if any threat to our national security occurs," he added.
Russia, which has a military base at Kant airport outside Bishkek, expressed concern about the ongoing tension in Kyrgyzstan. Moscow called on the Kyrgyz government not to use force against protesters to avoid bloodshed. The Interfax news agency quoted sources in Kant as saying Russian forces remain inside the base and that they had been put on a state of higher alert.
BANGKOK, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The anti-government "red-shirts" announced on Wednesday evening that they will continue protest in capital Bangkok though the prime minister declared a state of emergency, Thailand's Channel 9 Television reported.
After Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva declared the state of emergency in Bangkok, Nonthaburi, and some areas in Samut Prakan, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom and Ayutthaya, "red-shirt" core leader Nattthawut Saikua announced the protesters will not leave their rally sites at Bangkok's Phan Fa Bridge and Ratchaprasong Intersection.
Moreover, the "red-shirts" have planned a mass rally on Friday in a bid to pressure the prime minister to dissolve the House of Representatives within 15 days.
The protest leaders have also urged the "red-shirts" in the country to stage a rally at provincial hall.
MOSCOW — Large-scale protests appear to have overthrown the government of Kyrgyzstan, an important American ally in Central Asia, after violence between riot police officers and opposition demonstrators on Thursday killed at least 17 people.
The country’s president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, fled the capital, Bishkek, on his plane, and the opposition declared that it was forming its own government.
Kyrgyzstan's border control service said on Thursday it had closed its border with Kazakhstan late on Wednesday at the request of the Kazakh authorities. "Kazakhs can now not go to Kyrgyzstan and our citizens cannot go to Kazakhstan," the service's spokesman, Dzhoodar Isakonov, said on the telephone.
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Supporters of former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday threatened to "declare war" on the government as the authorities imposed a state of emergency in the capital after protesters stormed parliament, forcing government officials to flee by helicopter.