This week, across Kyrgyzstan, people stopped to remember the bloodshed that led to the collapse of Kurmanbek Bakiyev’s administration a year ago. Rallies, sporting events and concerts reminded everyone of the difficult year that has passed. But lawmakers were unable to resist politicizing the memorial.
Amid a bevy of political party banners, representatives of the governing Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan (SDPK), led by Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev and President Roza Otunbayeva, attended an official government ceremony with singing, dancing and a minute of silence on the main Ala-Too Square.
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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.