Kyrgyz lawmakers charged for power grab attempt

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Oct. 4, 2012, 11:03 a.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Guards protecting government headquarters, detain Kamchibek Tashiyev, center, surrounded by supporters, after he scaled over a fence surrounding government headquarters in downtown Bishkek, Kyrgyz capital on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Around 1,000 people gathered in the center of the city for a rally, organized by nationalist politicians Sapar Zhaparov and Kamchibek Tashiyev, ostensibly to demand the nationalization of a controversial gold mine in the east of the Central Asian nation. Police officers protecting the government building, known as the White House, used dogs and smoke bombs to disperse a group of young men who attempted to scale the gates.
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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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