BISHKEK. About two thousand people rallied in the central Alatoo Square in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek today. The demonstrators demanded to stop the war in Iraq. The Ombudsman Tursunbai Bakir-Uulu, lawmaker and the leader of the "Atameken" (Motherland) Socialist Party, Omurbek Tekebayev, the leader of the Kyrgyzstan Communist Party, Klara Ajybekova, and the former minister of ecology, Kulubek Bokonbayev were among speakers at the rally. It was organized by a pro-government organization, the Association of the Non-Government and Non-Commercial Organizations, led by Toktaiym Umetalieva.
Several human rights organizations are planning to appeal to the U.S. Embassy to Bishkek tomorrow demanding to stop the war in Iraq.
In the meantime, Edil Baisalov, the president of the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society, today distributed a statement, supporting the U.S.-led military actions against Saddam Hussein's regime.