The OSCE's plan to deploy a small international police force to southern Kyrgyzstan has not been universally well received in Kyrgyzstan. The country's defense minister, who stepped down today in preparation for running for parliament, took the occasion to criticize the plan: “We have different mentality, laws and military training. Besides, we have definite agreements within SCTO and SCO,” he said.
And there may or may not have been a protest in Osh against the OSCE deployment. RFE/RL reports that "several dozen" protesters took to the streets "demanding that the government revise its approval for an international police force for Kyrgyzstan." But Interfax (not online), which also said it had a correspondent at the scene, said the crowd was "up to 1,000" and that they protested both against the OSCE plan and Bishkek's response to the violence there:
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