Opposition Leader: “The Time For Compromises is Gone”

by Laurence on 3/23/2005 · 2 comments

Muratbek Imanaliyev of Zhany Bagyt (New Direction) tells Russian Information Agency Novosti that Kyrgyzstan faces “a very serious situation.”

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Dee March 23, 2005 at 8:20 am

I haven’t been able to access my email very easily, nor access my web-site at all (message “Access Denied”). Don’t know what’s happening, but here’s the latest update…

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An Osh resident said that the past 36 hours have been “eerily quiet”. There was no one on the streets, not even police presence. All shops were closed. People have been stock piling food and other necessities. Either people know something is coming up, or no one knows anything and people are preparing for the worst.

Taxi drivers say that people with visas and/or the right paperwork are able to cross the border both ways, and that people have been going back and forth for the past few days. A quick survey at the bazaar revealed that people are just now able to bring goods back and forth after a week of difficulties. They specifically noted that it is only possible for women to cross the border, and not men. No sign of stock piling here yet, but prices are sure to go up should trade between the Korasu Bazaar in Osh and Andijon continue to be limited.

There appears to be a feeble attempt to stir up Kyrgyz diaspora support. Emails have been circulating asking Kyrgyz abroad to organize and protest in their local areas around the world.

Nathan March 23, 2005 at 9:24 am

Interesting Dee. I’m always pleased to hear this site is accessible when others aren’t 🙂

Laurence, this hardening of opposition hearts (Akayev was dividing them by offering negotiations) is another reason I’m a bit surprised by what happened. I guess he’s trying to nip in the bud any possible Bishkek uprising though.

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