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Kyrgyz Officials Investigate Videos After Attack On Party Offices

Ata-Jurt party leader Kamchybek Tashiev
BISHKEK -- Investigations have been launched in Kyrgyzstan into the audio and video materials that led to a violent attack against the Ata-Jurt (Fatherland) party offices, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Prosecutor-General Kubatbek Baibolov told RFE/RL the audio and videos included statements made by someone who looked like Ata-Jurt party leader Kamchybek Tashiev and were circulated on the Internet this week.

The statements criticized the interim government for "discriminating against the southern regions of the country" and called for ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev to return to Kyrgyzstan as leader.

On October 6, about 100 activists from the anti-Bakiev movements Meken Sheyitteri (Homeland's Martyrs) and Aikol Ala-Too (Generous Mountains) attacked the Ata-Jurt offices in Bishkek to protest the alleged statements by Tashiev.

The offices were seriously damaged and furniture, documents, and technical equipment were destroyed.

Baibolov said an investigation has been launched. He added that Ata-Jurt has told the Prosecutor-General's Office that the audio and videos put on the Internet had been forged.

The Ata-Jurt party includes many former members of the pro-Bakiev Ak-Jol party, which was dissolved after Bakiev was ousted in April.