Kyrgyz police wounded in demonstrations

Oct. 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM

OSH, Kyrgyzstan, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Four police officers were injured during anti-government demonstrations in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh, the administration said.

Government officials in Kyrgyzstan said hundreds of protesters were sent home after gathering in Osh to demand the release of opposition leaders. The Interior Affairs Department told the Kyrgyz bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty that four officers were injured in clashes with demonstrators.

Three members of the opposition Ata-Jurt were arrested last week for allegedly trying to oust the government by force during recent protests. The government added Friday that it launched an investigation into a potential attempt to seize the country's White House.

Protesters in the southern city of Osh were turned away after attempting to stage a sit-in in the city's main square. RFE/RL adds that 18 women have been on a hunger strike since Oct. 8 in the southern city of Jalal Abab in protest of the arrest of the opposition leaders.

Osh and Jalal Abab were the sites of ethnic violence that followed a coup in Kyrgyzstan in 2010. At least 400 people were killed during the violence.

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