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Bishkek protesters may be charged with attempted coup d'etat

17:59 03/10/2012

BISHKEK, October 3 - RAPSI. The inter-agency group that began investigating the riots on Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's central square on Wednesday will decide whether to launch a criminal case on an attempted coup, Kyrgyz First Deputy Interior Minister Baktybek Alymbekov told journalists.

Several rally participants demanding the nationalization of the Kumtor golden ore deposit attempted to break into the parliament building after scaling the buildings fence. They also threw stones at police officers protecting the building. A total of 500 people took part in the rally. Special forces using light grenades and tear gas then broke up the rally. Twelve people were injured.

"To investigate the events, a special inter-agency group consisting of the Prosecutor General's Office and Interior Ministry employees has been formed, which will examine the lawfulness of the rally participants and organizers' actions. Discussions are underway as to whether to launch a case on an attempted takeover," he said.

Alymbekov added that several of the more active participants were taken to the Interior Ministry's Main Department where they are being interrogated. No one has officially been detained.

According to preliminary police data, opposition leader, MP Kamchibek Tashiyev was one of the first individuals to hop over the fence and lead the rally participants.

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Bishkek protesters may be charged with attempted coup d'etat

17:59 03/10/2012 The inter-agency group that began investigating the riots on Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan's central square on Wednesday will decide whether to launch a criminal case on an attempted coup, Kyrgyz First Deputy Interior Minister Baktybek Alymbekov told journalists.
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