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Security Forces Rearrested Kyrgyzstan’s Ex-President Released By Protesters

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Security Forces Rearrested Kyrgyzstan's Ex-President Released By Protesters

Almazbek Atambayev

Kyrgyzstan’s State Committee for National Security said on October 10 that former President Almazbek Atambayev, who was freed from prison by supporters earlier this week, has been rearrested by security forces.

Kyrgyzstan is an independent state (a former Soviet republic) in the Central Asia. It borders with Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. The country’s capital and largest city is Bishkek.

The  statement said that Atambayev, his aides Farid Niyazov, Damir Musakeyev, and bodyguard Kanat Sagynbaev were arrested on charges of organizing the ongoing anti-government demonstrations.

Security forces reportedly raided Atambayev’s house in the village of Koy-Tas, outside the capital Bishkek.

A day earlier, on October 9, the country’s acting President Sooronbay Jeenbekov declared a state of emergency in the country over mass protests that started following the October 4 parliamentary elections. The President instructed to create a commandant’s office and gave it the authority to impose a curfew, a ban on mass events and the establishment of special communication rules.

In his decree, the president also outlined the measures that the commandant’s office can introduce in Bishkek. Among them, he included:

  • introduction of a curfew;
  • introduction of a special regime of entry and exit;
  • prohibition of individual citizens to leave their place of residence;
  • a ban on holding mass events, as well as meetings and rallies;
  • expulsion of violators of public order, including foreign citizens;
  • the introduction of control over the media if they aggravate the situation on the territory of the state of emergency;
  • introduction of special rules for using communications;
  • restriction of traffic.

The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan was instructed to introduce military formations with military equipment “to organize checkpoints, suppress armed clashes, ensure the protection of law and order and protect the civilian population.” Troops already were deployed in the capital and its countryside.

The crisis in Kyrgyzstan, triggered by social economic issues, has been developing amid an increasing standoff for power between the so-called “southern” and “northern” clans of the elites. MORE ABOUT HERE Local experts war that if the situation develops under the negative scenario, regional radical armed groups may try to exploit it in order to destabilize the situation and further.

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