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Kyrgyzstan mourns uprising dead

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Kyrgyzstan mourns uprising dead


Kyrgyzstan on Friday announced two national days of mourning for those that died in a violent uprising that ousted the government.

People gathered in the centre of Bishkek to pay their respects to the 76 people that lost their lives on Wednesday.

Protest marches held two days ago soon morphed into an outbreak of violence, forcing President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to flee.

Much of the debris still remains from those fiery clashes. Destroyed tanks and broken glass litter the streets, although the clean-up operation has begun in earnest.

Across the city, flags flew at half-mast as the painful process of burying the dead began – the loss of loved ones only adding to the daily struggle to survive in one of Central Asia’s poorest nations.

The interim government has said it will investigate and prosecute those responsible for the killings.

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