Bishkek Rally Held Against Kumtor Gold Mine
More than 1,000 people have demonstrated against the largest gold mining firm operating in Kyrgyzstan -- the Toronto-based Centerra Gold Company. The protesters were demanding the nationalization of the Kumtor mine, which accounts for 12 percent of the Kyrgyz economy. They were also protesting against environmental damage caused by the mining operation as well as alleged accounting irregularities. After clashes with police, three protesters were hospitalized with gunshot wounds.