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KYRGYZSTAN OPPOSITION CANNOT COPE WITH SITUATION IN THE SOUTH

RIA Novosti

BISHKEK, March 22 (RIA Novosti) - The opposition in Kyrgyzstan cannot cope with the situation it has produced in the south of the country. President Askar Akaev made this statement on Tuesday in a televised address to the nation.

"Spontaneous actions, which cannot be coped with by their initiators, have led to ransacking the buildings of state administrations and law-enforcement organs, market-places and trading outlets, paralyzed life in two large cities in the south of the country", Akaev said.

In his opinion, after the mass actions of protest and unrest in the cities of Osh and Jalal-Abad, the citizens "have been left intimidated by the events" and have a good reason to "fear for their life and property".

"From the very beginning of the actions, we have been categorically against the use of force is resolving questions. The law-enforcement organs have never showed resistance, had no and did not use weapons at a time when attackers beat policemen, threw stones and even incendiary devices, set fire to buildings. It is clear that such actions have nothing in common with democracy", the Kyrgyz president is sure.

He believes that the opposition in Kyrgyzstan, "unlike in Ukraine, Georgia and other states" whose example it is following, began protesting "not according to the peaceful scenario". As a result, "seizure of buildings of the organs of power, beating of law-enforcers have began".



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