The symbolism of a new monument outside Kyrgyzstan’s parliament is hard to miss. Unveiled last April, three bronze-cast heroes push a block of black-clad concrete away from a larger block of white. The black, of course, represents the Kurmanbek Bakiyev era (and some other evils that preceded his administration). The figures are the heroes of an uprising in April 2010, when about 90 protestors died and scores were hurt while driving Bakiyev from power.
The monument is about the only thing that Bakiyev’s successors can agree upon. Almost three years after Bakiyev’s ouster, those April events remain a touchstone of controversy. With the mass trial of those accused in the protesters’ deaths expected to conclude in the coming months, analysts expect more political agitation, rather than closure.
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Chris Rickleton is a Bishkek-based journalist.