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Residents of Toguz-Toro hold rally at White House in Bishkek

Residents of Toguz-Toro hold a rally at the White House in Bishkek.

According to the deputy of the local council, Ulanbek Sheripov, they demand to release their detained fellow villagers, suspected of arson at a factory. «The onlookers were detained, but not the main instigators. We are waiting for the deputies of the Parliament and ask to sort out the situation,» he told 24.kg news agency.

About 20 people gathered for the rally. Police officers maintain order.

Residents of Toguz-Toro district of Jalal-Abad region repeatedly opposed the construction of the gold processing plant, believing that the factory will cause damage to the environment. During the riots on April 11, the villagers burned down the unfinished building of the factory and the office of the company GL Makmal Developing. A criminal case was opened on the fact.