Kazakhstan: State TV Doc on Kyrgyzstan’s 2010 Revolt Ruffles More Feathers
A state broadcaster in Kazakhstan has tweaked Kyrgyzstan with a documentary depicting that country’s 2010 revolution as a period of reckless mayhem and arguing that only Kazakhstan’s president was capable of restoring tranquillity.
The documentary that aired on Khabar TV station on the evening of November 29, titled “Mission Peacemaker: The Kyrgyz Rift,” is but another episode in the diplomatic row raging between the countries.
April 7, 2010, is a date revered by those now leading Kyrgyzstan and is represented in the official narrative as a brave spontaneous uprising against tyranny in the person of then-President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Dozens died on Bishkek’s main square that day as special forces opened fire on protesters attempting to seize the country’s main government building.
In a line clearly intended to sting, the Khabar documentary referred instead to mobs “pumped up by adrenaline or something else.” The overall thrust of the film is to present the events not as a manifestation of people’s courage, but rather as a time of rampant criminality, violence and looting.
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