Rumors Abound

by Nathan Hamm on 3/26/2005

From the Kyrgyz Elections Yahoo! Group:

Rumors are flying around rapidly here – but my own impression is that things seem to have calmed down. Last night, the police did heavy enforcement (news below). Some of the rumors were odd – there were rumors that Aidar Akaev’s forces were gathering in Dordoi bazaar and preparing to move to Bishkek. When we went to Dordoi, they heard rumors that people from Bishkek were coming to loot the bazaar and were defending their containers. Others claimed that a poison was put in the water system. Etc.

Today, however, things were calm and even some restaurants were open (thank you Doka Pizza!). Osh Bazaar was open – at least I saw fruits, bread etc being sold.

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