Clashes erupt in Kyrgyz city of Osh

Dec. 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM

OSH, Kyrgyzstan, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Protesters and police clashed Monday in Osh, Kyrgyzstan following the arrest of a member of the opposition Ata-Zhurt party, RIA Novosti reported.

Witnesses to the skirmishes said police were pelted with stones and bottles, the Russian news agency said.

There was no word of injuries after several thousand people gathered to protest the arrest of Akhmatbek Keldibekov.

Protesters were calling for the resignation of the regional governor if Keldibekov wasn't released.

Keldibekov was arrested last week on embezzlement charges. He denies the charges, saying they're politically motivated.

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