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Offices Of Kyrgyz Political Party Damaged In Attack

BISHKEK -- The offices of the Ata-Jurt (Fatherland) party in Bishkek were attacked on October 6, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Bishkek police say on October 6 some 100 members of the Meken Sheyitteri (Martyrs of the Homeland) and Aikol Ala-Too (Generous Ala-Too Mountains) movements forced their way into the offices and destroyed furniture, equipment, and documents. They told RFE/RL that a special security team was sent to the offices immediately.

Earlier on October 6, members of the two movements staged a protest on Bishkek's central square against what they say was a call by Ata-Jurt Party leader Kamchybek Tashiev for the return to Kyrgyzstan of ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiev.

Tashiev told Kyrgyz Public Television on October 5 that he never called for Bakiev's return. He said some of his statements were misinterpreted.