In Bishkek, police are cracking down on demonstrators dissatisfied with the results of the parliamentary elections the day before. Water cannons, light-noise grenades, rubber bullets, and tear gas were used, Kyrgyz media reported.
The rally, which began in the morning, gathered several thousand people, according to journalists’ estimates. On Ala-Too Square near the White House, demonstrators are calling for the parliamentary elections to be canceled, with only four out of 16 parties in the Jogorku Kenesh.
By evening, another demand had been added – the resignation of President Sooronbai Zheenbekov.
The law enforcers first persuaded people to disperse, but it did not bring any result. Then, the rally participants tried to storm the White House, and stones were thrown at the police. After that, the Interior Ministry hooked up special equipment. One injured civilian was reported to have been killed. In addition, a car was on fire on the square.
The rallies are held not only in Bishkek, but also in other cities of the country, but they are peaceful and not so numerous in the regions.