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.
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
Kyrgyzstan, a country of 5
million people on China’s mountainous western border, has come to
prominence in recent years because it hosts a U.S. air base used to
support military operations in nearby Afghanistan.