Protest against U.S. military base continues in Bishkek
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 31 / Trend V. Zhavoronkova/
A protest against the U.S. Manas transit centre continues in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, AKIpress reports.
The protestors who are demanding the withdrawal of the U.S. base from Manas airport, gathered in front of the U.S. embassy building in Bishkek. It is the second protest during the past two days.
They explained the reason of the protest relates to the ecological damage from due fuel emission made by the U.S. planes.
Also the protestors are considering the withdrawal of the base as being necessary because of the sharpening of U.S.-Irani relations. They are going to apply to the country's government to demand the agreement on Manas is revoked before its expiration date. According to intergovernmental agreement, the term of the transit centre's stay in Bishkek expires in 2014.
The Transit Centre at Manas was opened in late 2001 after the U.S launched its operation in Afghanistan. At present, it accommodates about 1200 U.S soldiers. According to Pentagon statistics, the base handles up to 15,000 coalition servicemen and 500 tons of cargoes a month.