BISHKEK. Opposition parties, including 'Erkindik' (Freedom), 'Asaba' (Flag), Kyrgyzstani Communists and the Kyrgyzstan Human Rights Movement issued a statement today supporting opposition lawmaker Ismail Isakov and accusing the Kyrgyz authorities of creating pressure against him. Early in the morning of February 21, some unknown people vandalized his house writing some insulting words. Isakov said the hooligans poured oil on his home and wrote "Isakov the traitor" on the walls. Isakov, who also is a leader of the Movement For the Resignation of President Akayev, and For Reforms In the Interest of People, linked the act of vandalism with his calls for the country's Constitutional Court to review an agreement with China where Kyrgyzstan has handed over some 1,250 square kilometers of its territory to China. The issue has sparked protests throughout Kyrgyzstan for more than one year. The authorities said that this had nothing to do with politics and they promised to investigate the incident. Opposition parties demand that those responsible for this act of vandalism be brought to justice.
Compiled and translated by Tyntchtykbek Tchoroev and edited by Charles Carlson in Prague