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Kyrgyz troops arrest opposition leader

08-06-2010 08:36 BJT

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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) 
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)

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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