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Kyrgyzstan marks 15th anniversary of Aksy events

Today is the 15th anniversary of the events that took place in Bospiek village of Aksy district. At Ala-Too Square, the Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev laid flowers at the Monument to the memory of the people who died for the people’s freedom during the Aksy events.

«And today we bow our heads to the heroes who gave the most precious for freedom and justice the man has — own life, and demonstrated to all of us how fearlessly one must fight for holy ideals," the President said at the ceremony. — The example of the Aksy residents awakened our national identity, honor and pride, a sense of dignity. We must always remember those exploits, honor the memory of the heroes. We shall educate the younger generation of Kyrgyz people taking this example of courage and devotion to the Motherland into account.»

Without the Aksy events, there would be neither March 2005 nor April 2010. These three events have become the most difficult and important passes on the difficult path of democratic development of Kyrgyzstan, the way of building a new society and a new state.

Almazbek Atambayev

«Our people cherish the memory of the perished Aksy residents — Erkinaly Chetinbaev, Kadyrkul Saparaliev, Medetbek Bekmuratov, Satynbay Urkunbaev, Sovetbek Tagaev, Eldiyar Umetaliyev, who gave their lives for honor, freedom and human dignity. We pay tribute to the bright memory of the Bishkek resident Sheraly Nazarkulov, who died during the hunger strike in support of the Aksy residents. We will always remember them! Today we bow our heads to those who were injured 15 years ago and suffered from the hands of bloody authorities," the President added.

The head of the government Sooronbay Jeenbekov and the head of the Presidential Administration of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov laid flowers on the site of the Aksy events, read a prayer in memory of the victims on March 17, 2002.

On March 17, 2002, law enforcement agencies used firearms against demonstrators in the village of Bospiek, Jalal-Abad region. As a result of the tragic events, the residents of Aksy district were killed.

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