No actions by the security forces are reported to have been taken against the demonstrators so far. Thousands of people attended a rally in Osh yesterday as an opposition congress, called a kurultai, set up a "people's council" in a challenge to the local administration.
Anvar Artykov, who was elected chairman of the council, told RFE/RL that the demonstrators seek the resignation of President Akaev and the annulment of the recent parliamentary elections: "We will keep this authority until all of our demands and problems will be resolved. We are an [interim] power. We can talk about the fulfillment of our tasks when the current government will be replaced by a government that is trusted by the nation."
The opposition, which received only a handful of seats in the newly elected parliament, charges that the elections were rigged in favor of the government.
A group of Georgian parliament members attended the Osh opposition congress as observers. Opposition demonstrations have also been taking place elsewhere in Kyrgyzstan, including in Bishkek, Jalal-Abad, Talas, Kochkor, Toktogul, Bazarkorgon, Batken, and Nooken.
(RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service/Interfax)