Bishkek. Noght of April, 9th. Taxi drivers boosted prices to 500 dollars to the center of the city. Curiously enough but mobile communication still works.
Only few cars in the streets, no places to pay for mobile communication, no internet, no public transport… Three local Tv channels have been working for these days missing sometimes.
From hearsay two filling stations have been burnt, in fact only one car has suffered. The city is full of rumors.
Buildings are postered with words: “We are with people”, crossed paper strips on the window glasses.
Near the stores are guards with white and red bandages. The men are drinking.
White bandages mean “we protect our property”, red ones – “people’s bodyguards”.
The city begins to awake. The first trolleybus appears in the streets.
The central department store, burnt in accord with the newscast, is on its usual place unharmed sheeted all around. A security manager is on his working place. They have foreseen the events and with all the employees “prepared” the building for the worst. They have already had sad experience in 2005.
Nobody sleeps for the second night.
All the disturbance is close to the city center, looters are mostly the youth – 14-30 years old, unfortunately, having weapons. They being drunk “visited” “Arsenal” stores.
It all began as a result of boosting utility services prices. Now an average monthly salary here can be spent for monthly public services.
In the square in front of the parliament people are gathering.
They say they obey the Constitution now, they “took an oath”.
However people say there haven’t been any police in the street for these two days. This man lives opposite to the Parliament house. Most of all he was afraid of grenades…
They say looters got to the armored car as well when the riot police had left an ignition key inside. They ran into the building.
An unlucky beauty salon.
This travel agency has already started working and even has clients.
Looters smashed in a door of an airline company office.
When they pray they sit.
A Chinese trading center has nearly burnt to the ground, the casino inside was a serious irritant.
A grocery nearby didn’t suffer and even starts to accept payment for the mobile communication, however, do not promise to enter soon.
Shop assistants joined hands and suppressing fear defended the store.
“Narodny” store was less lucky.
Public procurator’s office. In the still burning building there are looters with sacks gadding about. Practically nothing remained untouched. Even central heaters.
The public prosecutor’s office’ garage. KG numbers had been taken away from all the cars but it didn’t save them.
A woman is buying chairs from boys for about 0,3 dollars – 10 rubles.
Even burnt discs are being disassembled.
Behind the Parliament’s fence.
The wounded are in four hospitals.
There are many stories about snipers… They are all hired Balts…
The President’s son Maxim was hated by people – his house was the one of the first harmed. There is such a story about Maxim: once he came to a night club and ordered all guys to leave and girls to stay… nobody knows about the fate of those girls.
People come here like for an excursion.
His golden card..
His photoalbum is for people’s pleasure now.
A girl is digging out flowers, only at night here was a fir.
By the night aggression grows up.
Aggressors occupied the last vacant piece of the ground in Bishkek that belonged to the authorities. Lists are made up, the ground is shared, they are ready to spend here day and night.
An armored column.
Looters capture arranged.
Bishkek is under control. Tomorrow the world will forget about this country for another 5 years…