Thirty-three people continued holding protest hunger strikes in Kyrgyzstan on 17 October demanding to release former vice president of the country Feliks Kulov. Chairman of the Party of Democratic Movement of Kyrgyzstan Viktor Chernomorets joined the protesters in Bishkek on 17 October. Now, according to chairman of the Human Rights Movement of Kyrgyzstan Tursunbek Akunov, nine people keep hunger strikes in capital Bishkek, ten in the Alamedin district of the neighboring Chui Province, five in the Bazar-Korgon district of the southern Jalal-Abad Province, five in Jalal-Abad town, and four people in Osh City, center of the southern Osh Province. Hunger strikes began in Bishkek on 8 October.
A district court of Bishkek sentenced Kulov on 8 May to 10 years of imprisonment and the city court upheld the ruling on 11 October. Kulov was serving already another term when was sentenced again in May. A military court sentenced him on 22 January 2001 to seven years of imprisonment and the second term includes the first one.