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Address by Ousted President Ends in Hasty Retreat

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Armored personnel carriers sit at a roadblock between the southwestern cities of Jalal-Abad and Osh. (Photo: Dalton Bennett)

Ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev attempts to address supporters in the southwestern Kyrgyz city of Osh, where supporters of the interim government hold a rally on April 15. During the rally in the main square of Osh, supporters of the interim government clash with Bakiyev supporters, who were driven from Jalal-Abad by three large buses and attempted to take over the square.

As Bakiyev began speaking government supporters threatened to stop his rally and his security personnel fired weapons into the sky. Forced to flee, Bakiyev was circled by his armed guards who quickly led him to an awaiting vehicle, which sped back to Jalal-Abad.

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Dalton Bennett is a freelance photojournalist based in Bishkek.

Address by Ousted President Ends in Hasty Retreat

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