Kyrgyzstan imposes state of emergency after mine clashes

May 31, 2013 12:26

BISHKEK - Kyrgyzstan's government imposed a state of emergency on a northern district on Friday after clashes between riot police and protesters over Centerra Gold's Kumtor mine.

After days of protests, police on Friday cleared away demonstrators who had been blocking the road to Kumtor and arrested 92 people, Prime Minister Zhantoro Satybaldiyev told a news conference.A few hours later police used tear gas and stun grenades in new clashes with villagers who tried to seize a substation and cut power supplies to the mine, a police spokesman said. Several protesters were hurt.

Hundreds of villagers had blocked the road to Kumtor, in Dzhety Oguz district, on Tuesday afternoon and threatened to move on the mine if the government did not tear up its agreement with the company.

President Almazbek Atambayev imposed the state of emergency and a curfew on Dzhety Ohuz district of the Issyk Kul region until June 10, his office said.

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