Last week saw ongoing violence in Kyrgyzstan between supporters of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev and supporters of the new Otunbayaeva administration. Two people were killed; at least twenty were wounded.
On May 13th, the provisional governor of Kyrgyzstan’s Southern Jalalabad province, Bektur Asanov, was bodily removed from office by Bakiev supporters. After a brief standoff with Ministry of Interior police personnel, the government forces stepped aside and allowed Asanov to be dragged off by “young men in tracksuits.” This wasn’t the only pro-Bakiev incident. Protestors occupied Jalalabad’s central square. And, more ominously, the Bakiev-appointed governor of Osh, another Southern province returned to office. (Eurasianet.org is an excellent source for Kyrgyz news.)
We’re no closer to answer than we were a month ago. The Otunbayaeva coalition government is still in office, but they seem unable to government Southern provinces or stop looting and violence in the north by their own supporters. Is the violence over? Are we looking at perpetual revolution? We’re still waiting for time to tell.