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KYRGYZ CAPITAL LOOKS LIKE OCCUPIED CITY

RIA Novosti

BISHKEK, March 25 (RIA Novosti) - Bishkek sees the second day of the revolution. This night several large supermarkets were plundered and set on fire in the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Groups of people in front of the shops watch scattered goods and condemn the looters.

"They were mainly young men, who looked like strangers. However, our neighbors were also among the looters," an elderly woman said resentfully.

There is no flag over the building of presidential administration, whose windows have been broken. There are several tents nearby. People behind the fence dressed like civilians say they are people's guard authorized to control the situation.

Police is not seen in the city, and people are astonished at the fact, because the opposition appointed Minister of the Interior earlier.

"There are congratulations on local TV channels that the revolution has won, but I don't know whether I should be glad or not. It is unquiet in the city," a young clerk was quoted as saying.

Leaders of the opposition's youth vanguard, Kel Kel (Stand Up and Go), looked bewildered on TV in the morning live program. "Yesterday we carried out a revolution," a girl, wearing glasses and a tie of the opposition's yellow color, said without enthusiasm.

One of the Kel Kel leaders, Timur Aisunov, confessed that the seizure of government buildings was a surprise for them. "We knew that the revolution would follow the scenarios of Ukraine and Georgia. However, we admitted only peaceful manifestation," he said live on TV.

The revolutionary youth laid the blame for last night's events on provokers and overthrown officials.

On Friday morning the Kyrgyz parliament is to convene for an emergency session to form the interim government and take measures to restore order.

Most stores and gas stations are closed in the city.



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