United Nations: violence in KG began with coordinated attacks
Big news everyone: the office of the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights says that, based upon analysis of eye-witness accounts, violence in Kyrgyzstan appears to have begun with five coordinated attacks before taking on its current inter-ethnic character. The office’s spokesman, Ruper Colville, stated:
“We have strong indications that this event was not a spontaneous inter-ethnic clash — that it was to some degree orchestrated, targeted and well-planned. Several of these reports suggest that the incident began with five simultaneous attacks in Osh involving men wearing balaclavas and carrying guns. It looked like they were seeking to provoke a reaction.
“So it might be wrong to cast it, at least in origin, as an inter-ethnic conflict. There seems to be other agendas driving it initially. But once it start to take off on ethnic lines, then of course you start to get a clear divide and tit-for-tat reactions which is what’s so particularly dangerous.”
Whether these were the Bakiyevists, Bakiyev-contracted Tajik mercenaries, agents of local mafia, Russian special forces, or any of the other potential agents provocateurs hypothesized in the rumors currently circulating the Twittersphere is far from clear.
On the one hand, I must confess shock that the rumors are more than just empty conspiracy theory or thinly veiled excuses for other atrocities, as I’ve previously mulled. On the other hand, everyone should nevertheless be cautious about their interpretations of events (myself included!)