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08 Mar 2020 | 12:33 PM UTC

Kyrgyzstan: Dozens detained following International Women’s Day rally in Bishkek March 8

At least 60 people detained in Bishkek following rally marking International Women’s Day on March 8; heightened security presence expected over the coming hours



Security forces detained at least 60 people on Sunday, March 8, after clashes erupted in Bishkek. Demonstrators had gathered at Victory Square in the capital to mark International Women's Day when a mob of masked men reportedly attacked them. According to local media reports, those arrested were mostly women's rights activists, though police have refuted the claim.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in Bishkek over the coming hours.


Individuals in Bishkek are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and public demonstrations as a precaution, and obey all instructions issued by the local authorities.