Security forces fired tear gas, water cannons, and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters in Bishkek on Monday, March 2. The demonstrators were reportedly moving toward the government headquarters after rallying in a central square in the capital. The protest was organized to demand the release of Sadyr Zhaparov, a former presidential adviser who was sentenced to over 11 years in prison for taking a government official hostage in 2013. The number of demonstrators arrested in the demonstration was not immediately reported.
A heightened security presence and lingering disruptions to traffic and business are possible near the demonstration site over the coming hours. Similar protests are possible in Bishkek over the coming days.
Individuals in Bishkek are advised to monitor developments, avoid the protest site and all demonstrations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.