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Riots in Bishkek: Police detain about 40 Atambayev’s supporters

On the night of August 9, masked men with sticks in their hands made an attempt to destabilize the social and political situation, and also tried several times to get into the building of the Parliament, into shopping centers and supermarkets. Press service of the Main Internal Affairs Department of Bishkek reported.

There were reportedly more than 1,500 protesters. Public order offenders blocked roads, harassed civilians, spreading panic and fear, and also harassed news reporters covering events in the city.

«Police officers detained more than 40 offenders, and all facts are being investigated. Currently, a search, identification of the instigators and organizers, who were trying to destabilize the situation in the capital, is being carried out. The staff of the Main Internal Affairs Department of Bishkek continues to draw duty and ensures the public order, safety of citizens and guests of the capital,» the Main Internal Affairs Department said.

The Main Internal Affairs Department of Bishkek recalls that all possible provocations aimed at destabilizing public order will be stopped in a timely manner in accordance with the legislation of the Kyrgyz Republic.

On August 7, the special forces of the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan attempted to storm Almazbek Atambayev’s residence in Koi-Tash village. The storm failed twice. About 45 people were injured during the riots; the Deputy Commander of Alpha special forces died from a gunshot wound.

On August 8, special units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs carried out special operation to detain the former president Atambayev. All roads to Koi-Tash were blocked, communication was jammed, access to the Internet was blocked. At least 3,000 police officers and special machinery were pulled in to the epicenter. After a two-hour confrontation, the police managed to force the situation — Almazbek Atambayev decided to surrender. He was taken to the State Committee for National Security of Kyrgyzstan for interrogation. He is detained.

Preventive measure — detention in pre-trial detention center of the State Committee for National Security until August 26 — was selected for Almazbek Atambayev at an offsite hearing of the Pervomaisky District Court of Bishkek tonight.