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Kyrgyz Protesters Bring Anger, Underwear To Kazakh Embassy In Demonstration Against Film About 2010 Upheaval


The protesters said that the film Peacekeeper's Mission: Kyrgyz Ordeal "distorts the meaning of the April 2010 revolution" that ousted former President Kurmanbek Bakiev.

BISHKEK -- Activists rallied in front of the Kazakh Embassy in Bishkek on November 30, protesting over a documentary about ousted former Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev -- and leaving boxes full of underwear outside.

The protest came amid persistent tension between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan over border-control issues and Kyrgyz allegations that Kazakhstan interfered in its presidential election in October.

The protesters, who numbered about a dozen, said that the film Peacekeeper's Mission: Kyrgyz Ordeal, which was broadcast by Kazakh state channel Khabar on November 29 "distorts the meaning of the April 2010 revolution" that ousted Bakiev.

Bakiev fled the country after his ouster and lives in Belarus. He was sentenced in absentia to life in prison after being convicted by a court in Kyrgyzstan of involvement in the deaths of nearly 100 protesters during the unrest.

The documentary presents Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev as "a wise politician, who played a major role in the stabilization of Kyrgyzstan in 2010."

The film also shows Bakiev giving his account of the upheaval, in which deadly violence broke out in Bishkek and later in his stronghold of southern Kyrgyzstan.

The protesters brought boxes of underwear to the embassy and said they were for Bakiev -- a wry reference to the documentary, in which he says that he had to leave everything behind, even his underwear, when he fled Kyrgyzstan.

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