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Kyrgyz security forces have arrested an opposition leader, Urmat Baryktabasov, on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the government. The arrest came after troops fired blank rounds to disperse a crowd who were trying to join mass demonstrations near parliament.
Acting President Roza Otunbayeva said security forces seized firearms and grenades from Baryktabasov and 26 supporters after a day of protests in the capital Bishkek. While troops blocked the crowd outside Bishkek, up to 3,000 other demonstrators massed near parliament to demand a role for Baryktabasov in the government, who recently returned from exile after a failed attempt to seize power five years ago.
|Supporters of former presidential hopeful Urmat Baryktabasov, seen|
on banner, rally to demand the resignation of the government, central
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. Some 1,000 supporters
of a former presidential hopeful rallied against Kyrgyzstan's interim
government Thursday, raising fears of new instability in the turbulent
Central Asian nation.(AP Photo/ Maxim Shubovich)