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Picspam: crisis and revolution in Kyrgyzstan


Widespread anti-government protests in Kyrgyzstan recently turned violent, with groups of opposition protesters attempting to storm some government buildings, and clashing with riot police. Tensions are high, as Kyrgyz authorities declared a national state of emergency, and are enforcing curfews in at least three cities. As riot police fired on opposition members and protesters fought with stones and captured weapons, estimates of casualties have varied widely, with reports ranging from 12 killed to over 100 killed. Opposition leaders appear to have taken over some of the national television channels, and President Kurmanbek Bakiyev appears to have fled the capital, Bishkek.

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Riot police are attacked by anti-government protesters in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on April 7, 2010.

Vladimir Pirogov | REUTERS



Opposition supporters burn a billboard displaying Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev during a rally in the northwestern town of Talas on April 6, 2010. Kyrgyz protesters demonstrating against President Kurmanbek Bakiyev stormed a government office in the northwestern town of Talas on Tuesday and there were conflicting reports on the fate of the regional governor.

azattyk.org | REUTERS



A Kyrgyz opposition member throws a projectile at riot police during an anti-government protest in Bishkek on April 7, 2010.

VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO | AFP/Getty Images



Kyrgyz policemen try to stop opposition supporters during a protest against the government in Bishkek on April 7, 2010.

VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO | AFP/Getty Images



Opposition supporters protest against the government in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on April 7, 2010.

VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO | AFP/Getty Images



Protesters try to take a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) from a riot policeman during clashes in Bishkek April 7, 2010.

Vladimir Pirogov | REUTERS


An ambulance packed with injured people prepares to leave the main government building in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

Ivan Sekretarev | AP Photo


Kyrgyz riot police try to protect themselves as they fall back from stone-throwers in Bishkek on April 7, 2010.

VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO | AFP/Getty Images



A woman raises her arms in the street during clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters in Bishkek April 7, 2010.

Vladimir Pirogov | REUTERS



A car is set on fire in the street during clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters near the presidential administration in Bishkek April 7, 2010.

Vladimir Pirogov | REUTERS



Kyrgyz opposition supporters vie for a gun during an anti-government protest in Bishkek on April 7, 2010.

VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO | AFP/Getty Images



A Kyrgyz protester kicks one of two captured police officers at the opposition headquarters in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Wednesday, April 7, 2010.

Ivan Sekretarev | AP Photo


Victims of clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters lie on the ground among stones and blood, near the presidential administration in Bishkek April 7, 2010.

Vladimir Pirogov | REUTERS



A plainclothes policeman kicks an anti-government protester in Bishkek April 7, 2010. Kyrgyz forces fired on thousands of protesters in central Bishkek on Wednesday after some of the protesters tried to smash two trucks through the perimeter fence of the government building, said a Reuters reporter at the scene.

Vladimir Pirogov | REUTERS



Protesters pose in Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's cabinet room inside Kyrgyz government headquarters on central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Thursday, April 8, 2010.

Alexander Zemlianichenko | AP Photo



People stand in the vandalized parliament hall in Bishkek April 8, 2010.

Vladimir Pirogov | REUTERS



Kyrgyz pray as they gather to mourn revolt victims on central square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Friday, April 9, 2010. Thousands of grieving and defiant citizens of Kyrgyzstan are gathering in the capital's main square to mourn victims of this week's revolt that left at least 75 people dead and forced the president to flee.

Alexander Zemlianichenko | AP Photo



A man grieves at a grave of Tursunbek Aziz, 29, who died after he was wounded during a clashes, at a cemetery in the village of Chon-Aryk, outside capital Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Thursday, April 9, 2010. After a night of gunfire throughout Kyrgyzstan's capital, thousands of grieving and defiant residents gathered Friday in Bishkek's main square to mourn victims of this week's revolt that left at least 75 people dead and forced the president to flee.

Ivan Sekretarev | AP Photo



Kyrgyz people cry as they attend mass burials of the victims at the Ata-Beyit memorial complex outskirts of Bishkek on April 10, 2010. Kyrgyzstan held funerals Saturday for 16 victims of bloody riots this week that saw the opposition seize control of the Central Asian nation and toppled President Kurmanbek Bakiyev flee south. Some 7,000 people gathered in a sea of flowers at a cemetery on the edge of the capital for Saturday's mass burials, as the country mourned 79 people who died in the uprising during which the government opened fired on protesters.

VYACHESLAV OSELEDKO | AFP/Getty Images











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