Protests and Riots in Kyrgyzstan

A large crowd gathered on Monday to protest the results of a parliamentary election in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.The New York Times. The New York Times Company, Oct 5th 2020. Oct 9th 2020.

A large crowd gathered on Monday to protest the results of a parliamentary election in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.The New York Times. The New York Times Company, Oct 5th 2020. Oct 9th 2020.

Justin McEwen, Reporter

On Oct. 4, Kyrgyzstan, a country bordering China and a part of the old U.S.S.R., had its election. The results showed that pro-government parties had won a supermajority of seats. The current Prime Minister President Sooronbay Jeenbekov was accused of rigging the election. The parties that won the election were closely tied with the Prime Minister. As a result, multiple riots and protests broke out across the country.

As the riots broke out, the people went into the government buildings in their riot, gaining control of most buildings. A building they got into was the White House. The White House got trashed by the protesters. During the riots, the former President of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Zhaparov, who was serving an 11 year and six month sentence in jail for kidnapping, was freed by protesters. Then, the former President was put into place as acting Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister Sooronbay Jeenbekov had resigned.

The current election that took place on Oct. 4 has been annulled and has been assumed to be postponed to a later date. According to the Health Ministry, over 700 people have been injured and one 19-year-old was killed. This has not been the first time the small country of 6.5 million people has done this. After gaining their independence from the U.S.S.R. in 1991, they went through two separate revolts against political corruption, once in 2005 and once  in 2010, which resulted in 88 dead and over 400 people hospitalized.