Chaos: Government buildings stormed, tear gas, president lost control PHOTO / VIDEO

Protesters in Kyrgyzstan stormed government and parliament buildings and released former president and prime minister from prison. About 590 people got injured.

Source: B92, Tanjug
Tanjug/AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin
Tanjug/AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin

Riots broke out in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, over election results. The police charged the protesters and used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannons, but the citizens of Bishkek was "superior" and stormed the building.

TASS reports a statement from the Ministry of Health, according to which 590 people were injured in the conflicts with the police that preceded the incursion into the parliament, of which 150 were hospitalized. Also, 190 members of the security forces were injured.

Parliamentary elections were held on Sunday, and as soon as the preliminary results came out, the rest of the opposition forces, which failed to win, took to the streets of Bishkek and chaos ensued.

The protesters first smashed the gate in front of the "White House", where the highest state institutions of Kyrgyzstan are located, with a truck, and then they broke into the building. According to reports from the field, just a few minutes before the intrusion into the parliament building, a convoy of cars was noticed leaving the building, so that when the protesters broke in, they did not find any officials.

Protesters then released former President Almazbek Atambayev and Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, who is in another city, from prison.

World agencies also reported that a fire broke out in the "White House", which was quickly extinguished.

The "released" Atambayev is expected to address the public tonight.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyz opposition politician and former high-ranking security official Kursan Asanov has declared himself acting interior minister. Earlier, the protesters also appointed the acting head of national security, the state prosecutor and the commander of the capital.

The agency estimates that today's events are a clear sign that the official president Soornobay Jeenbekov is losing control over the state.

Tanjug/AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin
Tanjug/AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin

Atambayev was sentenced to many years in prison for corruption, after a conflict with his successor Sooronbay Jeenbekov.

Atambayev, who was president from 2011 to 2017, was arrested in August last year.

He is accused of using force against police miscreants, organizing mass protests, murder and attempted murder, hostage-taking and other crimes, including corruption.

Protesters released former Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, who led the government in 2017 and 2018, from the penal colony in the village of Moldovanovka.

Opposition groups have seized several other buildings, including Bishkek's mayor's office, and appointed acting national security chief, state prosecutor and capital commander, Reuters reports.

According to local media reports, the governors of several provinces have resigned.

Tanjug/AP Photo/Azamat Imanaliyev
Tanjug/AP Photo/Azamat Imanaliyev

In Sunday's election, the Birimdik (Unity) party, led by supporters of President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, won 24.45 per cent of the vote, according to unofficial results released by the election commission.

Immediately behind it is the party Mekenim Kyrgyzstan (Homeland) with 23.95 percent of the votes, whose list includes former members of the coalition and former opposition MPs.

Riskeldi Mombekov, the opposition candidate in the presidential election from the Ata Mekan party, said that the president promised fair elections, but did not keep his word.

He asked the election commission to annul the elections within 24 hours.

In a country of 6.5 million people, political instability often occurs. In the last 15 years, two presidents have been overthrown in riots, and the third is in prison after breaking up with his successor.


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