Women and Children Shot in Kyrgyzstan Riots

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The world has gone mad….

Russia sends in troops as slaughter leaves Kyrgyzstan on the brink of collapse

Tony Halpin – The Times – June 14, 2010
Russia flew troops to Kyrgyzstan last night to reinforce security at its military base near Bishkek as ethnic slaughter spread across the south of the country and tens of thousands of refugees poured into neighbouring Uzbekistan.
As the Kyrgyz authorities ordered police and soldiers to shoot to kill rioters, in an effort to end the country’s worst ethnic violence in 20 years, Moscow sent as many as 650 paratroopers “to ensure the security of Russian servicemen and their families”.
The Kremlin has, so far, rejected an appeal by Kyrgyzstan’s interim Government to send troops to the southern regions of Osh and Jalalabad, where more than 100 people have died and up to 1,400 have been wounded in three days of clashes between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbek groups. However, the size of the protection force fuelled speculation that a meeting later today of a NATO-style security alliance for former Soviet states could authorise a Russian-led peacekeeping mission to intervene and head off a possible civil war. The Collective Security Treaty Organisation includes Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, which announced yesterday that more than 75,000 refugees had crossed its border to escape the violence. Uzbekistan said that it had set up temporary camps for them in border villages. The Red Cross warned of a humanitarian crisis that was “getting worse by the hour”.
Much of Osh, a city of 250,000, has been destroyed by fire and looting after Kyrgyz gangs ransacked Uzbek neighbourhoods. Witnesses reported that women and children were shot as they tried to flee and that bodies littered the city’s streets and many of its destroyed buildings. “They are killing Uzbeks like animals. Almost the whole city is in flames,” said Dilmurad Ishanov, an Uzbek human rights worker in Osh.

In nearby Jalalabad, thousands of Kyrgyz men armed with guns and metal bars tried to burn property in Uzbek districts. An attempt to storm the city’s hospital was repelled after a gun, battle, and the police headquarters came under repeated attack. Mobs killed at least 30 Uzbeks in the village of Suzak and set fire to the village of Dostuk, while at least a hundred Kyrgyz men were reportedly taken hostage by ethnic Uzbeks outside Jalalabad.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, said that 15 Pakistani students had reportedly been taken hostage in Osh and one had been killed.
The violence is the greatest challenge faced by the interim Government since it took over from Kurmanbek Bakiyev, ousted after a popular uprising in April that left 87 dead and hundreds wounded in Bishkek. The interim President, Roza Otunbayeva, accused Mr Bakiyev’s family of stirring up the violence in Osh, his southern stronghold, in an attempt to wreck a referendum on a new constitution scheduled for June 27. Mr Bakiyev, in exile in Belarus, called the allegations “shameless lies” and warned that Kyrgyzstan was close to collapse. “The Kyrgyz republic is on the verge of losing its statehood. People are dying and no one from the current authorities is in a position to protect them,” he said in a statement.
Ms Otunbayeva issued a decree authorising lethal force against rioters to protect life and property, imposed a 24-hour curfew in the Osh region, and extended a state of emergency across southern Kyrgyzstan. The Government dispatched five aircraft carrying soldiers from Bishkek to try to restore order in Jalalabad and announced a call-up of army reservists aged 18 to 50. Ethnic Uzbeks in Osh accused the military of helping Kyrgyz gangs to commit “genocide”, burning families out of their homes and shooting people as they fled. A former parliamentary deputy, Alisher Sabirov, said: “Residents are calling us and saying soldiers are firing at them. There’s an order to shoot the marauders — but they aren’t shooting them.”
A spokesman for the US Embassy called for an “immediate restoration of order”. The US runs an airbase outside Bishkek that is vital in supplying NATO operations in Afghanistan.
The violence is the worst since hundreds of people were killed after a land dispute between Kyrgyz and Uzbeks in Osh in 1990. Soviet troops intervened on that occasion to stop the fighting.

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0 responses to “Women and Children Shot in Kyrgyzstan Riots

  1. People suck.

    • Don’t expect Demo-rats to do anything, there’s an airbase supporting the war effort and Uzbecks aren’t up for joining SEIU.

  2. Don’t think it can’t happen here at some point. We should all be on our knees praying for this country – already in crisis from floods and earthquakes. May God have mercy on them.

  3. These people were under Soviet rule for so long that they don’t know how to comport themselves as a nation, and most of their attempts to rule themselves are nothing but wannabe Soviet rulership, including a wannabe KGB that can’t win a case in court without planting evidence and insulting the intelligence of the any of the rest of the world that learns of it.
    For example, their prosecutors are so militarily ignorant that they expect the court to believe that Jehovah’s Witnesses distribute pseudo-Muslim militant literature, and the court is so corrupt that they go along with it: https://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=1584

    • Sam,
      Kyrgyzstan is only newly independent, emerging out of decades of being in the Soviet Union’s imperialist shadow, so its political immaturity is not at all surprising.
      I’m not sure what your point is. Are you implying/suggesting that this makes it OK to shoot innocent men, women and children?


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