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Kyrgyz President Threatens Force Against Opposition

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev (file photo) (RFE/RL) April 26, 2006 -- Kyrgyzstan's President, Kurmanbek Bakiev, has threatened to use force if protesters try to storm the seat of the government during upcoming opposition rallies.

The opposition and civic leaders plan several days of protest starting April 29 to press Bakiev to carry out promised political reforms.

In a statement issued on April 26, the U.S. Embassy expressed concern about what it said were rumors of potential violence during the rallies, and called on both sides to refrain from using force.

(Reuters, AP)

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