Violent protests in Bishkek following parliamentary election results

On October 5-6, at least 1 person was killed and 590 others were wounded following protests against parliamentary elections in Bishkek. Protesters from opposition parties have been protesting against the parliamentary election results, where a majority of the votes went to parties tied to ruling elites.

Protesters have been rallying at Bishkek’s central Ala-Too Square before storming the building housing the Presidential palace, known as the White House. Police have reportedly used water cannons, stun grenades and teargas to disperse protesters. Following the protests, Bishkek mayor, Aziz Surakmatov, resigned.

On Tuesday, the Central Election Commission declared the results of the parliamentary election invalid amid unrest. However, it is yet to be seen if this move will calm down protesters, who might push for a deeper political change in the country.

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