Kyrgyzstan opposition claims power after storming government buildings

Opposition groups in Kyrgyzstan said they had seized power in the strategically-important Central Asian country on Tuesday after taking control of government buildings in the capital during protests over a parliamentary election.



a group of people standing around a fire: People protesting the results of an election gather Tuesday by a bonfire in front of the main government building, known as the White House, in Bishkek.


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People protesting the results of an election gather Tuesday by a bonfire in front of the main government building, known as the White House, in Bishkek.

President Sooronbai Jeenbekov said the country, which hosts a Russian air base and a large Canadian-controlled gold mine, was facing an attempted coup d’etat. He ordered security forces not to open fire on protesters however.

One person was killed and 590 wounded in unrest overnight, the government said. The opposition said it had freed Almazbek Atambayev, a former president jailed on corruption charges, and was already discussing the lineup of a provisional government.

It was not clear what role, if any, Atambayev would receive, and Jeenbekov, the

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Kyrgyzstan in Chaos After Protesters Seize Government Buildings

MOSCOW — Kyrgyzstan descended into political chaos on Tuesday after opposition groups seized control of Parliament and released their leaders from prison in protests over parliamentary elections they have denounced as rigged.

Under mounting pressure from the protesters, the country’s Central Electoral Commission annulled the results of the Sunday vote, a day after awarding the majority of seats to two political parties with ties to the president, Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

Overnight, a small group of protesters broke away from the main body and tried to gain entry to the White House, the main government building that hosts the Parliament and the presidential administration. After the police tried to disperse them, hundreds more joined in the assault and soon took control, according to photos and video footage from the scene.

On Tuesday, the streets of Bishkek were littered with burned out cars and piles of stones, while photos emerged of the broken

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Opposition in Kyrgyzstan claim power after storming government buildings

Opposition groups in Kyrgyzstan said they had seized power in the strategically-important Central Asian country on Tuesday after taking control of government buildings in the capital during protests over a parliamentary election.

President Sooronbai Jeenbekov said the country, which hosts a Russian air base and a large Canadian-controlled gold mine, was facing an attempted coup d’etat. He ordered security forces not to open fire on protesters, however one person was killed and 590 wounded in unrest overnight, the government said.

The opposition said it had freed Almazbek Atambayev, a former president jailed on corruption charges, and was already discussing the line-up of a provisional government. It was not clear what role, if any, Atambayev would receive, and Jeenbekov, the sitting president, showed no immediate signs of relinquishing power.

Kyrgyzstan borders China and is a close ally of Russia and has long been a platform for geopolitical competition between Moscow, Washington

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Derelict police station in Bradford included on Victorian Society’s list of endangered buildings

A crumbling 19th-century police station in Bradford with architectural merit has been included in the Victorian Society’s annual list of buildings under threat.

Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 6:00 am

The old police station on Bavaria Place

The impressive gothic building on Bavaria Place in Manningham occupies a corner plot, but has been derelict for over 20 years since West Yorkshire Police vacated the site in favour of more modern facilities.

It was built in 1877 by architects Milnes and France, and despite its size has been described as ‘surprisingly ornate’.

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The Victorian Society has included the property in its annual list of 19th-century gems desperately in need of restoration. Buildings from the Edwardian period are also featured.

The police station is the only Yorkshire entry this year. In 2019, the abandoned railway tunnel at Queensbury, near

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