Kyrgyzstan: Former president detained after clashes

Kyrgyzstan’s ex-President Almazbek Atambayev was detained by the country’s security forces on Thursday despite his supporters clashing with police to stop the arrest. The former president’s supporters attacked the police with stones and other objects near the village of Tash-Moinok after the law enforcement had earlier cordoned off a road that leads to Atambayev’s house. According to the... Еще Kyrgyz Ministry of Health, a civilian and four law enforcement officers were injured during Thursday’s raid. On Wednesday 52 people were injured during the first failed attempt to arrest Atambayev. The former president issued a statement to the country and current authorities from his mansion in Koi-Tash after the attempt to detain him. “Do not shoot your own people. This is all going to end badly for you,” he said to law enforcement members, adding that “We are not terrorists, neither me nor the civil people, who gathered near the house today.” On Thursday morning Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov held an emergency meeting with his Security Council after Wednesday’s events. Atambayev's immunity as the former leader of the country was revoked by the Kyrgyz parliament in June, as he faces corruption charges.
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