Kyrgyz lawmakers charged for power grab attempt
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Prosecutors in Kyrgyzstan have charged three lawmakers with attempting to violently overthrow the government and inciting crowds to take over buildings housing government offices and Parliament.
A rally of more than 1,000 people in the capital, Bishkek, on Wednesday, ostensibly held to demand the nationalization of a gold mine ended with clashes with police as the politicians demanded the resignation of top officials.
Thousands of supporters of one of the detained lawmakers, nationalist Ata-Zhurt party leader Kamchibek Tashiyev, gathered Thursday in the southern town of Jalal-Abad in protest at his detention.
Tashiyev, Sadyr Zhaparov and Talant Mamytov stand accused of inciting the crowd to attack government offices during Wednesday's rally.
Kyrgyzstan hosts a U.S. air base used to support military operations in nearby Afghanistan.
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