Kyrgyzstan/Civil unrest: clashes erupt as protests spread to Bishkek

Witnesses and media reported that Kyrgyz police on Wednesday fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters in the capital Bishkek.

According to witnesses, nearly 200 people gathered outside the main opposition office in Bishkek, demanding the resignation of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. The protesters threw stoned at the police and attempted to storm the local police headquarters, while several other protesters set alight two police cars and a cafe.

In Naryn, a town in central Kyrgyzstan, around 1,000 opposition activists had taken over the local government building, forcing the governor to flee. It was also reported that several opposition leaders had been detained by security forces. The opposition nonetheless vowed to go ahead with anti-government rallies.

Earlier on Tuesday, hundreds of Kyrgyz protesters have seized a government office in Talas in the northwest of the country and took a regional governor hostage for several hours. Prime Minister Daniyar Usenovtoday told reporters that the regional government was back at work and that the situation is under control.