Shocking Footage Of The Violent Clashes In Kyrgyzstan

Chaotic scenes from the recent riots in Kyrgystan..

The Kyrgyz Republic, is a country in Central Asia. Landlocked and mountainous, it is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east.

On 6 April 2010, a demonstration in Talas by opposition leaders protested against government corruption and increased living expenses. The protests turned violent and spread nationwide. There were conflicting reports of Interior Minister Moldomusa Kongatiyev having been killed during this event. On 7 April 2010, protesters controlled the internal security headquarters (former KGB headquarters) and a state TV channel in the capital, Bishkek. Reports by Kyrgyzstan government officials indicate that at least 75 people have been killed and 458 hospitalized in bloody clashes with police in the capital.

Prime Minister Daniar Usenov has accused Russia of supporting these protests; meanwhile Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has denied this. Opposition members are also calling for the closing of the US controlled Manas Air Base. On 15 April 2010 Bakiyev left the country and flew to neighboring Kazakhstan, along with his wife and two children. The country's provisional leaders announced that Bakiyev signed a formal letter of resignation prior to his departure