National Kurultai, or opposition supporters convention, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, had passed. The forum was attended by more than 3 thousand people.
In the hands of the crowd were banners: “Down with the family and criminal government of Bakiyev,” “Power, enough robbing people,” “Freedom for Prisoners of Conscience”.
One opposition leader Tekebayev in his speech on the convention proposed the creation of parallel structures of government “to take power into their own hands” and called for an “immediate decisive action.”
The forum of the opposition forces had adopted a resolution required to reduce pay rates on energy, to return to state ownership of privatized strategic sites, to release from prison the opposition leaders, to cancel the constitutional reform, to restore broadcasting the Kyrgyz service of Radio Liberty “Azattyk”.
Kurultay was held on the street near the office of the Social Democratic Party. The meeting was cordoned off by hundreds of policemen.
By the words of Deputy Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Azizbek Tursunbaev: “The initiative of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic Kurmanbek Bakiev to hold Kurultai consent – is just on time. The aim of the major socio-political activity – is to strengthen the unity of the people, and to have a clear definition of future tasks “.
“We recognize that it is time to unify all efforts for the future of our state, our citizens have matured the need for a national dialogue. Kurultay become a platform for dialogue between the government and the public, thereby strengthened cohesion and unity of the Kyrgyz “, – says the Deputy Speaker.
Many delegates were at the Kurultai meeting. Kyrgyz Association of the United States called “Kyrgyz Club” delegated to Kurultai convention one of their representatives. Niaz Kaypov, the association manager for public relations, came to Kyrgyzstan to represent the association.