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March 24, 2005

The Tulip Revolution in Krygyzstan

Protestors took over the southern district capital, Batken, on Tuesday. They took over the main government building in the capital, Bishkek, today. The crooked president, Askar Akaev, fled in a helicopter this morning with his family, and is in Kazakhstan.

More details:
Interfax Russian News Service re the Fleeing Prez
"Kyrgyz Opposition in Charge, Akayev Vanishes," by Dmitry Solovyov, Reuters, in ABC News Online
Economist Commentary: "A Tulip Revolution"
WaPo Commentary: "Another Post-Soviet Revolt"

Posted by cj at March 24, 2005 11:49 AM

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