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Kyrgyzstan declares weekend parliamentary election INVALID after night of violent & turbulent unrest over ‘rigged’ vote

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Police officers are seen in clouds of tear gas as they disperse protesters during a rally against the result of a parliamentary election in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, October 5, 2020. ©  REUTERS/Vladimir Pirogov
Fire ravages government HQ in Kyrgyzstan after protesters, angry over ‘rigged’ election, take over symbolic building (VIDEO)

Another group of protesters surrounded Kyrgyzstan’s intelligence headquarters, demanding the release of former president Almazbek Atambayev, who was sentenced to 11 years and two months in prison on corruption charges. Security officers consented to set Atambayev free after negotiations with the protesters.

Violent protests erupted in Bishkek and other major cities of Kyrgyzstan after early results of Sunday’s parliamentary election were announced by authorities. Only four parties out of 16 participating passed the seven-percent threshold and made it to parliament, with three of the victors considered pro-government.

READ MORE: Jailbreak: Kyrgyzstani protesters free ex-president Atambayev, imprisoned for corruption

Supporters of the remaining 12 parties took to the streets on Monday, demanding that the “stolen” vote be declared null and void and that a new one be held. Police moved to quell the turbulent unrest with water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades. 686 people were injured in clashes with police and one person succumbed to a head injury, Kyrgyzstan’s Health Ministry reported Tuesday, according to Sputnik.

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