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Kyrgyz Youth Movement Wants Apology From Belarusian President


An injured protester is carried away during clashes in Bishkek. The interim government wants Bakiev to face trial for ordering security forces to open fire.

An injured protester is carried away during clashes in Bishkek. The interim government wants Bakiev to face trial for ordering security forces to open fire.

BISHKEK -- A Kyrgyz youth movement today demanded an apology from Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka for granting asylum to ousted Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Pure Intention (Ak-Niyet) leader Chyngyz Makeshov told journalists that his movement deplores Lukashenka's decision regarding Bakiev. He said members of the movement will begin demonstrating in front of the Belarusian Embassy in Bishkek if Lukashenka does not apologize.

Another Kyrgyz movement, April 7, held a protest at the Belarusian Embassy today to demand Bakiev's extradition to Kyrgyzstan.

Bakiev fled the capital after massive antigovernment protests in Bishkek on April 7. He flew last week to Kazakhstan after writing a resignation letter, and later went with three members of his family to Belarus. He has since rescinded his resignation and said he is still president of Kyrgyzstan.

At least 85 people were killed and hundreds wounded in violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Bishkek and other cities.

Kyrgyzstan's interim government said it wants Bakiev to return to the country to face trial for his role in ordering security forces to open fire on demonstrators.
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