Hundreds of people in Kyrgyzstan have marched on the headquarters of state television, as calls for the resignation of the country’s president gather pace. The demonstration in the capital follows a mass protest on Thursday attended by thousands of people outside parliament.
“We got agreement from state radio and tv that twice a day there will be free airtime for us, between 7 and 10 pm,” said one opposition leader. The protesters claim President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has gone back on promises of democratic reform. He replaced Askar Akayev who was ousted in March last year. The president rejects the accusations, claiming evidence has been uncovered that the opposition has been plotting a coup.