Bishkek Kyrgyzstan Events
These are some of the events that have taken place since the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan on 4 October. On the evening of 3 October, the day before the parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan, some 20,000 people gathered in Bishkek, angry at the election results and the lack of transparency and accountability in the country's political system.
Masked men threw eggs at the demonstrators, dragged them to the ground and destroyed their banners, activists and media reported. Activists had no idea of their impending attack until their media reported the banners.
Kyrgyzstan's first president fled to Kazakhstan after protests grew and Akayev's attempts to placate angry crowds failed. He refused to resign and fled to Belarus, where he was received by President Alexander Lukashenko on 20 April. Protests broke out in the capital Bishkek on 19 April, the day before the presidential elections began. Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Russia, during which his officials resigned from their posts.
Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Minister assured the Chinese that the country would become stable and that Beijing and Bishkek could work together, but that it would remain unstable. For Moscow, the only danger is that the situation will become more volatile in the coming weeks, with elections looming on the horizon that threaten the country's assets.
While Kazakhstan's social and political life anticipates a parliamentary election season, events in Kyrgyzstan are shaping public sentiment and state action. In this case, civic activists are supporting a political movement against corruption and corruption, especially against the elite, in which there are lessons for elites to demonstrate to those who have grown weary of the establishment. So, as in 2005 and 2010, the people of the West will tend to watch what is happening in Kyrgyzstan and see how it relates to the political situation in other countries.
Parliamentary elections will be held on 4 October, and on 9 March the Bishkek City Prosecutor's Office concluded that the arrest and detention of a number of activists in connection with 8 March was unlawful. The attack on this year's Women's March was the latest in a series of attacks on women's rights events in Kyrgyzstan in recent months. Activists who attended the March 8 event say the detention has helped draw much-needed global attention to their efforts to combat gender-based violence. Demonstrators stormed a government building in BISCHKEK and were released after the arrest of a former political leader.
The events in Belarus are of great interest to the Kazakh authorities, as the two countries have great similarities in political systems. What is happening in Kyrgyzstan is a bugbear for the authoritarian leaders of Central Asia, and they have consulted intensively, especially to protect their countries from the effects of the Kyrgyz revolution.
It is hard to believe, however, that the Belarusian demonstrators, who have been well behaved so far, are not following events in Kyrgyzstan with great interest. The Tajik authorities have traditionally refused to comment on political developments in neighbouring countries and have discouraged street democracy demonstrations in post-Soviet areas. Now, however, having understood the nature of events in Bishkek, they are adopting a wait-and-see attitude. While there is nothing to fear domestically, the focus must shift to the potential dangers of an inter-ethnic conflict with Kyrgyzstan.
Bishkek is clearly seen as a revolution, and no parallels can be drawn between what is happening today and the events of the 1990s in Kyrgyzstan, when there was a mass uprising against the authoritarian rule of the Soviet Union in the form of civil war.
If a revolt over economic issues is accompanied by fraudulent parliamentary elections, which represent a seizure of power by the forces of the president, what is going on in Kyrgyzstan today bears all the hallmarks of a civil war in the 1990 "s, and even more so in Russia. The vote was followed by massive protests in Bishkek - a parliamentary election rigged by a group of corrupt politicians and their supporters. A month after the election, a referendum was held on a new constitution, which made a series of changes to the country's constitution and also to the constitution itself.
Of the 16 parties running in the election, only one, Mekenim Kyrgyzstan, has won a seat in the next parliament. The fact that the party that did best in this election was new is not new: it was formed in 2015 and financed by the son of a former customs official who was embroiled in a major corruption scandal last November and has close ties to the current government. Tensions have been further heightened by allegations that Babanov fled to Russia to plot a coup, Russia's Interfax news agency reported.
Since the fight to arrest the former president unfolded in August, social unrest has revealed its regional component: riots and rallies in support of Atambayev have taken place in Kyrgyzstan's two largest cities, Bishkek and Osh, as well as other regions of the country. A series of clashes between protesters and security forces in the city of Osh last month, in which special forces officers were killed, led to dramatic scenes and raised fears of a revolution.