The detention of three opposition politicians for attempting to storm Kyrgyzstan’s parliament sparked rallies October 4 in Bishkek and in southern Kyrgyzstan. While the immediate fallout has not been as intense as feared, observers still worry the arrests could trigger instability.
Kamchybek Tashiev and two other members of the nationalist Ata-Jurt party, the largest party in parliament, were detained on October 3 after leading an attack on the White House in central Bishkek. Tashiev, Sadyr Japarov and Talant Mamytov are suspected of calling for and attempting the violent overthrow of Kyrgyzstan’s government. Prosecutors have 48 hours to decide whether to charge the men. This week’s events are the worst violence in Bishkek since President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was toppled in bloody street riots in April 2010.
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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.