About 50 supporters of former vice president of the country Feliks Kulov held a protest picket in front of the government building in Bishkek on 23 October demanding to release him. They hold protest pickets in Bishkek every day since 18 October. According to Chairman of the Human Rights Movement of Kyrgyzstan Tursunbek Akunov, 21 people continued on 23 October hunger strikes in Kyrgyzstan demanding to release Kulov, seven of them keep hunger strikes in Bishkek and ten in the southern Jalal-Abad Province. The action 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. The people Congress/ which unites four opposition parties, announced on 23 October it doubt that the Supreme Court could overturn the verdict.