The protests that started after the election held on Sunday in Kyrgyzstan turned into a riot. The presidency and parliament occupied by the demonstrators.
Protesters expelled former President Atamayev from prison on corruption charges. President of Kyrgyzstan Jeenbekov instructed the election council to investigate. He said that when an irregularity is detected, the cancellation of the election will be considered.
Kyrgyzstan Central Election Commission announced that the elections were canceled.
Four out of 16 participating parties in the country’s election on Sunday, October 4. They passed the 7 percent threshold and qualified to enter the parliament.
The two pro-Russian parties that got the most votes caused the debate to begin. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, received 24.53 percent of the vote and Mekenim Kyrgyzstan received 23.9 percent.
In the country where the turnout rate is announced as 55 percent. Supporters of the parties that failed to enter the 120-seat parliament started protests on the grounds that the results were fraudulent.
Demonstrators gathered in front of the Parliament, Central Election Commission and Presidential Palace buildings stated that the votes were bought.
After a while, the supporters of their parties removed the banners and continued their protests with the Kyrgyzstan flags.
The Social Democrats party, founded by the children of former President Atambayev, was among the parties that failed the threshold.
The performances that started with the participation of approximately 500 people first grew with the participation of thousands of people in a short time. Police intervened in the crowd in front of the presidency and parliament. After the police intervention against the protesters trying to enter the buildings, at least 590 demonstrators were injured and one person died.
The protesters managed to enter both the parliament and the presidential buildings a few hours later.
A fire broke out in the presidency building for a short time due to the events taking place inside.
Demonstrators occupying two administrative buildings of the country “We took the Presidential Palace” from the speakers. “Almazbek Atambayev and Sadir Caparov must be released.”
Kyrgyzstan Interior Minister Kashkar Junushaliyev did not go to his post on Tuesday morning. Opposition leader Kursan Asonov has confiscated his post as interior minister, according to a ministry spokesman.
The demonstrators who went to the prison where the former President of the country Almazbek Atambayev was arrested in an eventful manner as part of the corruption investigation last year demanded Atambayev’s release.
The protesters who later occupied the prison also removed Atambayev, who was sentenced to 11 years in June. According to the reports of Akipress and 24.kg organizations broadcasting in the country, the current position of the former leader is unknown, but it is stated that Atambayev will address his supporters in the future.
After the protesters gathered in front of the government buildings, President Sooronbai Jeenbekov and Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov were taken to safe places. Jeenbekov made a statement after the protests.
President Jeenbekov said, “I told the Central Election Commission to investigate violations. I instructed them to cancel the selection if necessary. I call on all powers to put the future of the country before their political ambitions and return to the limits of the law.”
The focal point of the protests, Almazbek Atambayev, served as the president of the country in 2011-2017. Atambayev was arrested in 2013 on the grounds that he played a role in the imprisonment of the mafia leader Aziz Batukayev in 2013. Atambayev was sentenced to 11 years in prison on corruption charges in June 2020.
Last year, the security teams, who went to the former leader’s village to take Atambayev’s statement, encountered resistance. Atambayev said he would not surrender and clashed with the police. He later captured six security guards. Police lifted the siege around the house after hours of fighting.
Atambayev was taken into custody with the second raid days later. More than 100 security guards were injured, while one policeman died. In addition to the corruption charges against Atambayev, new investigations were also initiated due to the violent incidents in detention.