Supporters of Kyrgyzstan's deposed president rally

April 13, 2010 09:19


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JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan — Several thousand supporters of Kyrgyzstan's deposed president Kurmanbek Bakiyev rallied Tuesday, in a test of Bakiyev's ability to resist opposition forces that drove him out of the capital last week.

Supporters of Bakiyev were speaking at the square in Jalal-Abad and some of his brothers were mingling in the crowd. Bakiyev himself was expected to appear.Tuesday's rally follows a smaller gathering of about 500 people in his home village the day before.

The self-declared interim government in the capital has threatened to arrest Bakiyev, who has warned that there will be bloodshed if they try. The instability worries the West, because a US air base in Kyrgyzstan is crucial in the military campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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