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Kyrgyz 'Revolutionaries' Demand Social Benefits

BISHKEK -- Some of the participants in the antigovernment demonstration on April 7 that contributed to the ouster of Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev are demanding social benefits from the government, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Some 50 activists picketed the government building in Bishkek asking for permanent social allowances from the government, similar to those given to veterans of the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster and the Soviet-Afghan war.

The demonstrators said the social benefits should be given to all participants in the "revolution" and the relatives of those who died during the clashes between protesters and security forces.

No one from the government met with the demonstrators.

Kyrgyz interim President Roza Otunbaeva said in April that the government would make one-time cash payments to the families of those killed and injured in the unrest.

Officials say 86 people were killed and hundreds wounded during the violent antigovernment clashes in Bishkek and other cities in early April.