: Kyrgyzstan marks anniversary of bloody 2010 revolution
Politics11:53 Apr. 8, 2016

Kyrgyzstan marks anniversary of bloody 2010 revolution

87 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded on April 7, 2010

Kyrgyzstan has marked the anniversary of bloody 2010 revolution.

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People gathered at a memorial near the capital Bishkek to mark six years since the revolt, which overthrew the country's president Kurmanbek Bakiyev. Belarus took in Bakiyev after he fled in the aftermath of the bloody revolt and Kyrgyzstan's new interim government said he will be charged with "mass killing" and formally prepared an extradition request. Bakiyev has maintained Russia may have played a role in his overthrow.

"Our son is buried here. He was 25 on that day. He wasn't married. It is a great tragedy for us, that's why we gather here today. But I think it is a tragedy not only for us, but for all Kyrgyz people. Let this day be remembered by every Kyrgyz, and the reasons of what has happened," one of victim's mother says. 

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Officials say 87 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded on April 7, 2010 when Bakiyev ordered his special forces to shoot into angry crowds storming government headquarters.

Subsequent Kyrgyz governments attempted to hold democratic elections and carry out economic and political reforms, but corruption, clan and ethnic tensions and economic crisis have made it a struggle for Bishkek to stamp its authority on the predominantly Muslim nation of 5.3 million.

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