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Kyrgyz Protests Turn Violent


Protesters in the capital Bishkek took to the streets in large numbers from the morning.
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Protesters in the capital Bishkek took to the streets in large numbers from the morning.

Armed with clubs and stones, demonstrators fought running battles with police.
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Armed with clubs and stones, demonstrators fought running battles with police.

Cars were overturned and set alight.
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Cars were overturned and set alight.

Hundreds have reportedly been injured in Bishkek and other protests around the country.
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Hundreds have reportedly been injured in Bishkek and other protests around the country.

An injured man is carried away in Bishkek.
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An injured man is carried away in Bishkek.

The protests have been centered around the capital's presidential palace.
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The protests have been centered around the capital's presidential palace.

Protests began a day earlier in the northwestern city of Talas, where activists occupied a government building.
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Protests began a day earlier in the northwestern city of Talas, where activists occupied a government building.

Protesters defaced a billboard of President Kurmanbek Bakiev in Talas.
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Protesters defaced a billboard of President Kurmanbek Bakiev in Talas.

There were also protests in other Kyrgyz cities, including this gathering in Naryn.
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There were also protests in other Kyrgyz cities, including this gathering in Naryn.

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