19:15 GMT +323 January 2019
Listen Live

    Kyrgyz authorities arrest opposition party members

    Get short URL
    0 10

    Law enforcement agents have arrested several Kyrgyz opposition leaders, rights activists said on Tuesday.

    Law enforcement agents have arrested several Kyrgyz opposition leaders, rights activists said on Tuesday.

    The leader of the opposition Ata-Meken party, Omurbek Tekebayev, was arrested near a rights organization office. "Men with automatic weapons detained Tekebayev, put him into a car and took him to an undisclosed location," a rights activist said.

    Ata-Meken's vice-chairman, Bolot Sherniyazov, who was participating in the riot in Talas, was also detained, Kyrgyz Interior Minister Moldomusa Kongantiyev told journalists.

    Kongantiyev added all the rioters will be brought to trial.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Kyrgyz authorities had subdued rioters in the city of Talas by running the crowds off using tear gas.

    Kongantiyev said that after the riots in Talas, all of the activities by the United People's Movement would be considered unlawful and any attempts to continue protests on Wednesday would be stopped.

    "They have violated constitutional order, they have taken over an administrative building, broken windows, used Molotov cocktails and held the governor for some time," the interior minister said describing the rioters' actions.

    He said the situation in the republic was stable.

    Kyrgyz Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov earlier on Tuesday confirmed that the protesters seized the Talas government building but refuted reports in Western media saying that they had also taken hostages.

    Kyrgyzstan, where Russia and the United States both have military bases, has been in a state of constant instability since current President Kurmanbek Bakiyev came to power after the so-called tulip revolution, toppling his long-serving predecessor Askar Akayev in 2005.

    The opposition has accused Bakiyev of tightening his grip on power while failing to bring stability and economic growth. His party won most seats in parliament in the early December 2007 election after two years of political upheaval.

    BISHKEK, April 6 (RIA Novosti)

    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik