Unrest in Kyrgyz town continues: report

13:43, April 07, 2010      

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About 500 protesters were still rallying at the central square of the Kyrgyz regional center of Talas, police sources told Interfax news agency from the site on Tuesday.

The people staying at the square behaved aggressively sometimes, and some of them were holding police shields, the sources said.

Eyewitnesses told RIA Novosti news agency earlier on the phone that opposition supporters had seized once again the regional administration building.

"The rioters have again seized the administrative building and burned a police car on the square," one eyewitness told RIA Novosti.

Unconfirmed reports said the first floor of the administrative building has also been set on fire, and two police officers were attacked on the square and one was killed.

Kyrgyz Interior Minister Moldomusa Kongantiyev said earlier that the authorities had subdued the rioters and the situation in the country was under control.

"They have violated constitutional order, they have taken over an administrative building, broken windows, used Molotov cocktails and held the governor for some time," the interior minister said.

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov earlier on Tuesday confirmed that the protesters seized the Talas government building but denied reports by Western media saying that they had also taken hostages.

Usenov told reporters that the situation in Talas has been largely under police control after protesters on Tuesday stormed the government office and more than 1,000 people surrounded the building.

Security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The demonstration was reportedly provoked by the arrest of an opposition party official.

Usenov warned that the government would not allow any destructive activities in the country. All attempts would be harshly punished, he said.

The prime minister also urged people not to join an opposition rally called for Wednesday to protest the government.

Source: Xinhua


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