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Almazbek Atambayev: Together we will build country of free people

«Together we will build a country of free people,» President Almazbek Atambayev said on the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the National Uprising of the Kyrgyz People in 1916. Information Policy Department of the President’s Office reported.

«Today we remember again how for decades we have tried to erase this one of the bloodiest tragedies in the history of Kyrgyzstan from the memory of the people, to make people forever forget about hundreds of thousands of victims,» ​​the President said.

Even after Kyrgyzstan gained independence, the desire of an initiative and patriotic part of civil society to disclose the historical truth did not find serious support for a long time.

Almazbek Atambayev

«In 2016, we discharged a sacred duty to the memory of our ancestors, duty, which for a hundred years remained a heavy burden for many generations of the Kyrgyz people. The monument to the memory of the victims of the tragic events in 1916 was not only a tribute to the memory of the dead ancestors, but also the embodiment of the aspiration of the people of Kyrgyzstan for freedom, independence and the revival of their own statehood,» the head of state added.

"The uprising of 1916 and Urkun awakened the self-consciousness, awakened the dignity of the Kyrgyz people. The people received a huge charge of energy, thanks to which the Kyrgyz statehood was revived in the twentieth century. And today Kyrgyzstan is looking to the future as an independent state, defending its national interests, solving the problems of successful development and improving the well-being of citizens, "Almazbek Atambayev believes.

We must cherish our statehood and our freedom as an apple of our eye. We must remember the past, but live looking to the future.

Almazbek Atambayev