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.