31 March 2007

Green machines

The second anniversary of the Tulip Revolution was celebrated last Saturday and featured this Soviet-style display of identically colored agricultural harvesting equipment. The multitudes showed up after this early morning staging. The government oppositon movement, which organized six days of street protests in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek last November, is planning nationwide demonstrations starting in April in the countryside that will culminate in Bishkek on 11 April. Opponents charge that the regime of President Kurmanbek Bakiev has failed to fulfill the revolution's mandate. The city's main square is about a block and a half from American University and campus anxiety is starting to build.

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