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Kyrgyz Rights Activists Detained, Fined In Bishkek

The four activists being arrested in Bishkek.

The four activists being arrested in Bishkek.

BISHKEK -- Four female rights activists were detained, convicted, and fined in Bishkek for organizing an illegal protest, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Aziza Abdrasulova, Tolekan Ismailova, Asiya Sasykbaeva, and Gulnara Jurabaeva chained themselves to the fence in front of the building that houses the Kyrgyz government, demanding the immediate release of demonstrators detained by police during the presidential election on July 23.

Police brought them to the Birinchi Mai district police department and later to the district court, where they were fined about $40 each for holding an unsanctioned protest.