Protests erupt against Kyrgzstan's interim gov't

August 5, 2010 12:35


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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Some 1,000 supporters of a former presidential hopeful rallied against Kyrgyzstan's interim government Thursday, raising fears of new instability in the turbulent Central Asian nation.

Supporters of Urmat Baryktabasov marched across central Bishkek and gathered outside the parliament building. Participants in the rally denounced the interim authorities for what they called a lack of transparency and said that the nation isn't ready for parliamentary elections set for October.

Police didn't intervene, but news reports said that hundreds of other Baryktabasov supporters were stopped by police outside the capital as they were moving on buses toward Bishkek.

The provisional authorities have led the country since former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was unseated in a bloody uprising in April.

Baryktabasov attempted to run for president in a 2005 election, but was denied registration. He faced criminal charges after his supporters briefly seized the government headquarters. He fled abroad and returned after Bakiyev's ouster.

The interim government struggled to stop devastating rampages by ethnic Kyrgyz mobs on Uzbek neighborhoods that killed hundreds of minority Uzbeks in June.

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