(4 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)
* The NYT is now reporting that the president has fled *
Opposition leaders said the toll was as high as 100 people, but that figure could not be confirmed.
Kyrgyzstan is in outright revolt, after years of fake elections, and the removal of any semblance of a free media.
They’re between a rock and a hard place since both Russia and the US supports the current regime. The US because it needs the airbase for the Afghan war, and Russia for the same reasons–they also have bases there.
With the unrest deepening, several opposition leaders were arrested, including a former prime minister and presidential candidate, Almazbek Atambaev, and a former speaker of Parliament, Omurbek Tekebaev.
Is the US concerned about arrests, at least 12 protester deaths, the fake elections, the closing of the media?
The US response?
The United States Embassy in Bishkek issued a statement saying that it was “deeply concerned about reports of civil disturbances.”
There’s some horrifying images on the NYT site, I’ll post only this one: