Opposition in Kyrgyzstan claims “people’s government”
The prime minister has resigned. The president is at the moment nowhere to be found. Rumors are flying that Bakiyev’s left the country. In the meantime, the opposition is claiming that they’ve successfully seized control and are establishing a “people’s government”.
Rumors are also flying that there’s a hidden Russian hand behind what’s happening. Putin denies that Moscow has played any role in the unrest, calling the uprising a “domestic affair” and advising “restraint”. Meanwhile, Medvedev remarks that the uprising shows the “outrage at the existing regime”. Certainly they’re at least keeping neutral, if not trying to ride the tide.
The Kyrgyz health ministry says so far 40 people have died in the clashes and more than 400 were injured; it’s not clear how many are police or civilians. Remarkably low numbers considering the explosive violence in the photographs and videos we’re getting here at neweurasia. We’ll keep you posted of all new developments.