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Bishkek Inhabitants Protest Over Lack Of Infrastructure

BISHKEK -- About 100 people in the Akjar suburb of the Kyrgyz capital blocked the main road near the largest Central Asian bazaar to demand that electricity and a water line be brought into the suburb, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Protesters burned tires along the road to the Dordoy bazaar, but there was no violence. Police monitored the demonstration.

The suburb of Akjar haphazardly appeared in the northern outskirts of Bishkek about five years ago without any preliminary planning or the permission of local authorities.

Bishkek city officials have questioned the legality of the suburb, saying that electricity, a sewage system, and other needed infrastructure cannot be installed there since the houses were built without approval.