Kyrgyzstan Protests

Kyrgyzstan—a tiny landlocked nation between China and Uzbekistan—burst onto the world stage Wednesday, as civil unrest toppled the president. Kumar Bekbolotov reports from Bishkek on the roots of the uprising—and how the West can help.

Vladimir Pirogov / Reuters

Vladimir Pirogov / Reuters

A plainclothes policeman kicks an anti-government protester in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where protests erupted April 7. Kyrgyz forces fired on thousands of protesters after some tried to smash two trucks through the perimeter fence of the government building, said a Reuters reporter at the scene.

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Kyrgyz riot police come under attack from demonstrators. Police opened fire on thousands of angry protesters who tried to seize the main government building amid rioting in the capital.

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Kyrgyz opposition supporters bloody police force members. Opposition followers captured state television in a deadly revolt against President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

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Protesters try to take a rocket-propelled grenade from a riot policeman.

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A demonstrator lies on the ground after being shot.

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Kyrgyz police officers throw themselves over a wall as they flee from angry protesters.

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Kyrgyz protesters burn a police uniform.

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Kyrgyz protesters waving the national flag.

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An ambulance packed with injured people prepares to leave the main government building in Bishkek.

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A Kyrgyz protester kicks a captured police officer at the opposition headquarters.

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Kyrgyz protesters carry a wounded colleague.

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A Kyrgyz protester waves the national flag.