Demonstrators stormed the parliament headquarters in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, as part of massive demonstrations taking place in the country in protest against the “rigging of the recent parliamentary elections.”
And televised footage showed hundreds of citizens storming the building and throwing papers from the windows, while others stormed the office of the Speaker of Parliament.
The demonstrators are demanding the annulment of the election results and their return.
This came after hours of clashes between demonstrators and riot police in the city of Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, after the results of the parliamentary elections.
Police forces used stun grenades, tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of demonstrators who gathered in Alato Square before the security forces pursued them in the streets adjacent to the square.
And those clashes resulted in the injury of about 120 people, at least half of them law enforcement forces, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Health in Kyrgyzstan.
Despite the presence of a large number of serious cases among the injured, reports did not indicate any deaths due to the clashes.
Of the 16 parties participating in the parliamentary elections, only four parties received 7.00 percent of the vote, which is the minimum required to enter Parliament.
Among the four parties that qualified to enter parliament according to the election results, three parties are close to Kyrgyz President Surunbay Jinbekov.
Groups close to the country’s president are facing accusations of vote-buying and voter intimidation, allegations that international observers have described as “credible and cause concern.”
And issued 12 political parties in Kyrgyzstan a joint declaration that includes that they will not recognize the results of the vote.
After the clashes between demonstrators and security forces, President Genbekov said that he would meet with the 16 parties that were competing in the parliamentary elections as part of efforts to ease tensions.
Opposition candidates demanded the Central Elections Commission to cancel the voting results.
“The president promised to honestly supervise the elections, but he did not fulfill his promise,” said Riskeldi Mombekov, one of the candidates in the parliamentary elections, while addressing the crowds of more than 5,000 protesters.
Mombekov’s party, Ata McCain’s party, was confident of entering parliament, but this did not materialize in the end because it was one of eight parties that could not get the minimum number of votes required for that. Jannar Akayev, head of the Ata Makien party, was injured in the leg during the demonstrations last Monday.
The demonstrators also called on the country’s president to step down while they were gathering in protests against fraud.
The head of the election observation mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Thomas Bezerup, said: “The voting process was generally orderly, but the allegations of vote-buying raise great concerns.”
The country’s two major parties, Primdik and McKinim Kyrgyzstan, received a quarter of the vote each.
Azilbek Genbekov, the president’s younger brother, is a member of the Primedic party.
McKinem’s Kyrgyzstan party is also considered one of the parties close to the Materimov family, whose most prominent member, Raimbek Materimov, was the cause of demonstrations against corruption last year. It is also believed that he was behind the financing of the election campaign of the Kyrgyz President in 2017.
Last Monday, the Bremdec Party expressed its readiness to run in the elections again if it was held again, calling on the rest of the parties that got 7.00 percent of the vote until they follow suit.