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Big Win for Protesters in Kyrgyzstan, Putin’s Puppet Prime Minister Resigns

Updated: Nov 19, 2021 October 7, 2020: Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister, Kubatbek Boronov, has resigned after widespread post-election protests which plunged the country into virtual political chaos with demonstrators first seizing Parliament by force and then taking over the government and public buildings. At least 5,000 people gathered in the capital Bishkek's Ala-Too square on Monday to demonstrate against what they believed to be fraudulent results in Parliamentary elections. By Tuesday evening the government was on the run and the protesters were taking charge. To serve as the new Prime Minister, they released their favorite politician from jail and installed him in office. Mr Japarov, the new Prime Minister had been serving an 11-year sentence for what was generally seen as a politically motivated conviction. Former president Almazbek Atambayev, was also released by the protesters.

Clearly, President Jeenbekov, Putin’s puppet, is on his way out. He claims to retain power but it is interesting to note that he is in hiding and claiming to rule from an undisclosed location; who his replacement will be remains unclear. The protest was largely peaceful at first, until smaller group splintered off and broke through the gates of the parliament building. The police used water cannon, stun grenades, and tear gas to try and clear the crowds from the main square and surrounding streets – all too little avail. The health ministry said nearly 700 people had been injured; nine people in intensive care and a 19-year-old man was killed. Demonstrators later flooded back into the central square and then began storming the parliament building, known as the White House. Not long after, smoke could be seen billowing out of the building.

Opposition leaders have set up a Coordination Council but there are reports they are divided, arguing over who gets specific government positions. The president's office remained under the control of protesters on Tuesday and crowds were reportedly ¨roaming the streets targeting businesses¨. Unfortunately, some looting does appear to to have accompanied this regime change from the streets.

Like Belarus, which has not been so easy to crack, the government of Kyrgyzstan up until this past Monday was controlled by the allies of Putin. This sends a signal of solidarity and strength to Belarus, also controlled by Putin proxies. Furthermore Kyrgyzstan stands on the border between the former USSR and China. We at sincerely hope that it is not just Putin taking note of what happens to the puppets of tyrants, but Xi as well.

Across the border, China’s conflict with Uighurs in Xinjiang Province has steadily worsened this year, with several clashes turning deadly. China is Kyrgyzstan’s largest trading partner and Bishkek is eager to please Beijing. Thus, Uighur activism in Kyrgyzstan tends to come under intense scrutiny from the security agencies of both countries. It is quite understandable how Uighurs in Kyrgystan have caution mixed in with their optimism concerning recent events. On article is appropriate titled: Kyrgyzstan’s Uighurs Cautious, Still Fear Chinese Influence.