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Protesters in Northern Kyrgyzstan Demand Cheaper Electricity

A street scene in Naryn, in northern Kyrgyzstan

A street scene in Naryn, in northern Kyrgyzstan

NARYN, Kyrgyzstan -- Some 200 protesters have gathered on the central square of the northern Kyrgyz city of Naryn to demand cheaper electricity, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

One of the coordinators of the protest action, Erkin Asanaliev, who represents the public coalition For Democracy and Civil Society in the Naryn region, told RFE/RL that Kyrgyzstan's current government promised that electricity fees would be cut but that they remain high.

Asanaliev said the protesters are demanding cheaper electricity rates, especially for people living in mountainous areas.

The protesters also demanded transparency in all the government's economic activities, especially those involving foreign partners.

They said they will continue the protest until their demands are met.

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