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Kyrgyzstan's 2010 Revolution

Five years ago, on April 7, 2010, thousands of people rallied in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, to demand the resignation of President Kurmanbek Bakiev, whom they accused of corruption and abuse of power. The protests erupted into violent clashes between demonstrators and riot police that left many dead or injured. Within days, Bakiev resigned and fled the country.

An opposition supporter waves the Kyrgyz flag near the main government building during antigovernment protests in Bishkek on April 7, 2010.
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An opposition supporter waves the Kyrgyz flag near the main government building during antigovernment protests in Bishkek on April 7, 2010.

Police tried to disperse the protests, first with tear gas and stun grenades, then with live ammunition. Here, protesters clash with a police officer armed with a grenade launcher.
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Police tried to disperse the protests, first with tear gas and stun grenades, then with live ammunition. Here, protesters clash with a police officer armed with a grenade launcher.

An opposition supporter is carried by police.
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An opposition supporter is carried by police.

Protesters face off with policemen and servicemen.
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Protesters face off with policemen and servicemen.

Riot policemen shield themselves during clashes with opposition protesters.
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Riot policemen shield themselves during clashes with opposition protesters.

A Kyrgyz opposition supporter fires an automatic weapon near the main government building.
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A Kyrgyz opposition supporter fires an automatic weapon near the main government building.

Protesters run for cover in the midst of the clashes.
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Protesters run for cover in the midst of the clashes.

Antigovernment protestors attack a policeman near the presidential palace.
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Antigovernment protestors attack a policeman near the presidential palace.

A car burns near the presidential administration building in Bishkek.
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A car burns near the presidential administration building in Bishkek.

Fires burn near a damaged building in central Bishkek.
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Fires burn near a damaged building in central Bishkek.

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