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Kyrgyzstan Marks 2010 Revolution

  • RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service

Kyrgyzstan is marking the sixth anniversary of a popular revolution that ousted authoritarian President Kurmanbek Bakiev in 2010.

April 7, officially known as the Day of the People's April Revolution, was marked as an official holiday for the first time this year.

Hundreds of people attended a special ceremony at a memorial site near Bishkek on April 7, including top government officials and the relatives of victims who died during the revolution.

People laid wreaths and flowers and held prayers for the deceased.

On April 7, 2010, mass antigovernment protests in Bishkek turned violent, with nearly 100 people killed by security forces.

Bakiev fled the country soon afterwards.

President Almazbek Atambaev, on April 4, signed a presidential decree authorizing April 7 as a public holiday.

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