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SLUG: 2-323551 ROSR / Kyrgyz Tensions
INTRO: Tensions heightened in Kyrgyzstan, Tuesday, one day after a deal was struck that confirms both the new parliament and acting President Kurmanbek Bakiyev as the legitimate power, until new elections, scheduled for June 26th, can be held. VOAs Lisa McAdams, in Bishkek, visited parliament a short while ago, where she reports demonstrations are now taking place. But she tells us the demonstrators appear to be pro-government supporters and not the opposition who seized government headquarters late last week
I want to try and paint a picture of what is happening outside parliament in Bishkek, Kyrgzstan. A very tense situation. We have police. We have hundreds of local youths, wearing arm-bands, linked arm-to-arm, hundreds of them. They are in about four
columns, protecting, or guarding, if you will, or blocking -- depending on your choice of words -- the entry into parliament. Inside, members of both rival parliaments
are still meeting. There is a very large two-level glass window that looks out onto the square, where this action is happening. And, the lawmakers that are essentially inside, but there are at least 50 of them sort of at the window watching what is happening out on the square.
I should point out all remains peaceful so far. This is a very heavily managed, very heavily organized demonstration. There are some police on the outer perimeter. What I mean by managed its not clear who they (these forces) are -- whether they are interior ministry troops, (or) OMON special forces -- but they are guarding what these demonstrators are saying. Most of them refused to speak to us. The ones who did, would not identify whether they were pro-government or opposition.
They just said they were for the unity of Kyrgyzstan.
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