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Kyrgyzstan: Fed up with protests?

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Kyrgyzstan, Arts & Culture, Human Rights, Politics, Protest

Kyrgyz bloggers have been actively elaborating on the Kyrgyz government's initiative to make March 24 – the day of popular uprising in 2005 – a national holiday. The amendment was made to the Kyrgyz Labor Code, according to which from now on March 24 will be officially celebrated as a Day of People's Revolution. The reaction of Kyrgyz blogosphere was mainly negative:

Altaidan writes [1] a witty comment, alluding to disorders that had been accompanying the revolution three years ago [ru]:

So, when are we going to celebrate the Day of Marauding? I suggest that the president makes a new law so that we could celebrate this holiday too.


Greis opines [2] [ru] that

This holiday is only a political date! The society will not accept it as a holiday!

Nessa_ly is really sad to recollect [3] her emotions from the unrest [ru]:

Hmm… so funny that I want to cry… after the revolution I was walking in the city with tears in my eyes..

Speaking about protests, Bektour Iskender and Anna Yalovkina have written [4] an excellent post on Kloop [5] blog portal about the protest of “I Don't Believe” campaign that was held on 17 March in Bishkek [ru].

The campaigners protest [6] against the results of the last year's parliamentary elections for several months already and the participants were detained every time they showed up on the streets. now and the participants were taken to jail every time they were protesting.

Authors posted some photos from the protest and provided a brief history of these campaigns. The militia officier Taalaibek Shatmanov explained [4] the detention that the protest was illegal and that citizens didn't want it.

Some bloggers tend to concur with the arrests. Seo aggrees [4] [ru]:

Indeed, it is really the case – city residents are fed up with protests.

Perhaps, in support of these words, other hot topics in the Kyrgyz blogosphere are more on the entertaining side. Last week Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, hosted [7] Billiards Grand Prix Eurasia 2008 [ru]. Even though Kanybek Sagynbaev, the world champion, did not win the contest, the Kyrgyzstanis were happy to watch the match:

“I am really glad that such kinds of events are being held in our country”, Svetofor_kg says [7] [ru].

Besides, the Spring Fashion Week has started in Bishkek. Beautiful Kyrgyz models are presenting wool collection of the local designers. Elena Skochilo, one of the most famous bloggers in the country, has taken [8] excellent pictures of them.