BISHKEK Kyrgyz police used stun grenades on Saturday to disperse hundreds of men and women attending a protest rally towards the detention of a previous parliamentary deputy and detained dozens of demonstrators.
The confrontation underscored escalating political tensions in the previous Soviet republic as it prepares for a presidential election in November. Its two previous presidents were being toppled by violent riots.
Authorities detained Sadyr Zhaparov, who Kyrgyz media say designs to operate for the presidency, when he returned to the state earlier on Saturday after expending 3 decades abroad in self-imposed exile. He faces expenses of taking hostage a govt official in 2013.
Soon after his detention, about five hundred supporters rallied outside the house the protection support headquarters in central Bishkek, demanding Zhaparov’s launch.
A several several hours into the rally, some protesters begun scuffling with police and hurling bottles at them, a Reuters correspondent mentioned. Police then forcefully dispersed the rally and the Interior Ministry mentioned it experienced detained 68 men and women.
Zhaparov experienced been a senior member of the Kyrgyz govt and an adviser to previous president Kurmanbek Bakiyev. After Bakiev was ousted in 2010, Zhaparov became a member of parliament.
But in 2013 Zhaparov was sentenced to 1.5 decades in prison on expenses of trying to violently seize ability after he and a number of other lawmakers attempted to drive their way into the presidential palace throughout a general public protest.
Zhaparov was launched the same 12 months, having served most of his prison time in detention awaiting trial. Also in 2013, his supporters staged yet another protest exactly where some of them briefly held a provincial govt official hostage.
Several protesters stood trial for hostage-taking, but Zhaparov was equipped to depart the state in 2013, only returning on Saturday.
Pro-Russian President Almazbek Atambayev, in ability because 2011, can not operate for a 2nd phrase. Several politicians have announced designs to operate, but no obvious preferred has nonetheless emerged in the mostly Muslim Central Asian country of six million.
One of the contenders, Omurbek Tekebayev, a previous ally of Atambayev who has become one particular of his fiercest critics, was detained past month and faces trial on expenses of corruption and fraud, a transfer his supporters explain as politically enthusiastic.
(Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko Composing by Olzhas Auyezov Editing by Gareth Jones)