24 March 2008

You say you want a revolution...

A small group of government opponents were detained by police today on the national holiday recognizing the third anniversary of the Kyrgyzstan's Tulip Revolution. The opponents, mostly young people, were distributing fliers on the main square in Bishkek about noon today that stated, "I do not believe." The same fliers first appeared last December immediately after the parliamentary elections--widely criticized as unfair--gave 70 percent of the seats to the Ak Jol party created by President Kurmanbek Bakiev. For an assessment of whether what happened in 2005 was a revolution as well as a discussion of what the Bakiev government has accomplished since then, see the article by Bruce Pannier on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty web site:

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