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Demonstrations in Kyrgyzstan began on the 5th of October after an election occurred that was said to have widespread ballot-rigging and voter buyouts. Many people were outraged by this and began to take to the streets in Bishkek, the capital of the country. Thousands immediately gathered and stormed the Parliament around 3:00 A.M. after being dispersed earlier by hundreds of military police.
On the 4th of October, the parliamentary election was held, with the opposition party and its supporters claiming election fraud and beginning to organize protests all across the country. Most demonstrators converged on Ala-Too square in Bishkek, in which many previous uprisings had taken place in 2005 and 2010. Two main parties that held up the status quo took power in the elections; Birimdik, which is linked to the President, and Mekenim Kyrgyzstan, which is bankrolled by a former customs chief who is notorious for allegedly overseeing a vast smuggling operation.
The reaction from the government was swift and severe, with one protester being killed and dozens wounded within 24 hours. The internet was brought down, so all live streams have horrible service due to deficient broadband. The protesters released former President Almazbek, who was serving an 11-year sentence for a bloody standoff against the military in his country home last August.
Initial Rallies and Protests Begin
Police Put Down Protests
Hundreds of military police put down protests in front of Parliament, injuring dozens of people. This did not dissuade protesters, who returned to the site a few hours later.
Protesters Return to Parliament
Demonstrators returned to parliament after being violently dispersed, with dozens of injuries occurring.
Occupation of Parliament
Military Deployment to Bishkek
It appears as though the military has been deployed en route to Bishkek, as tanks have been filmed traveling to the capital city of Kyrgyzstan.