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Kyrgyz Residents Disperse Rally In Northern Talas

TALAS, Kyrgyzstan – Residents in the northern Kyrgyz town of Talas have dispersed a rally of some 2,000 people, which according to organizers intended to "discuss the situation in the country."

Some residents took the rally organizers' hats and banners and set them on fire.

The rally was organized by the Kyrgyzstan's New Powers public movement.

Earlier, its leader, Kubat Toksoboev, told reporters he had invited President Almazbek Atambaev, leaders of political parties, and activists to join the gathering.

Neither Atambaev nor other political leaders attended the rally.

Toksoboev said his movement has no connection to opposition parties.

He said people are "tired" of current opposition figures.

Rallies are frequent in Kyrgyzstan, where two presidents have been overthrown amid public protests since independence in 1991.

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