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Kyrgyz Protest Near Kumtor Gold Mine

A state of emergency has been declared in northern Kyrgyzstan after clashes broke out between police and local residents protesting and disrupting services to the country's biggest gold mine, Kumtor. Dozens of people were said to have been injured in the clashes in the village of Barskoon on May 31. RFE/RL's correspondent reports that police used tear gas against the crowd and that concussion and fragmentation grenades exploded near the scene where around 3,000 protesters were gathered. (11 PHOTOS)

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A rally against the activities of Kumtor in Barskoon on May 30. The participants reportedly cut power coming from the Tamga substation. Power returned the next morning.
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A rally against the activities of Kumtor in Barskoon on May 30. The participants reportedly cut power coming from the Tamga substation. Power returned the next morning.

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Kyrgyz police with riot gear at the protest
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Kyrgyz police with riot gear at the protest

A protester carries a Kyrgyz flag.
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A protester carries a Kyrgyz flag.

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A policeman guards a gate that leads to the Kumtor gold mine.
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A policeman guards a gate that leads to the Kumtor gold mine.

Horsebacked protesters at the rally on May 30
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Horsebacked protesters at the rally on May 30

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