Pro-April 2010 rally held in front of parliament building in Bishkek

Pro-April 2010 rally held in front of parliament building in Bishkek

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 24 / Trend /

A rally of participants of the April 2010 events is being held outside the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, KirTAG reported on Thursday.

Around 500 participants of the April events gathered near the parliament building. Members of 'April Bayragy', 'Meken Sheitteri' and 'Aykol Ala Too' movements demanding the completion of the trial of the April 7 events and the withdrawal of officials of Bakiyev's entourage from the government are amongst the rally participants.

"The trial surrounding the April events is being delayed intentionally, those guilty have not been punished, in fact authorities are trying to protect them from punishment," the leader of the public movement "Meken sheitteri" Osunbek Zhamansariev said.

"Three years have passed since the revolution, representatives of the current government have forgotten their promises to the people and are trying to continue the path begun by the country's former leaders," Zhamansariev said.

The protesters expressed their particular dissatisfaction over the fact that henchmen of the former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his son Maxim Bakiyev still work in some branches of the government.

"We demand the resignations of the former president's personnel. For instance, we have learned that Alexey Shirshov works in the Energy Ministry," the leader of the movement said.

Presidential advisor Farid Niyazov met with protestors to assure the people that the government led by the President seeks to justify the hopes and expectations of the citizens, including the participants of the April events.

"Believe me, each time each time he passes by the gate of the White House and sees the signs with the names of the dead, President Atambayev remembers those events and is ready to meet the expectations of the people," Niyazov said.

However, this answer did not satisfy protesters, who said they will hold demonstrations in front of the parliament building once a week until their demands are met.

President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was deposed as a result of the revolution in April 2010, the form of government was changed from presidential to parliamentary republic. The changes were legalized by referendum, which took place last summer. At the moment the state is headed by Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev.

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