Big Win for Protesters in Kyrgyzstan, Putin’s Puppet Prime Minister Resigns

October 7, 2020: Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister, Kubatbek Boronov, has resigned after widespread post-election protests which plunged the country into virtual political chaos with demonstrators first seizing Parliament by force and then taking over the government and public buildings. At least 5,000 people gathered in the capital Bishkek's Ala-Too square on Monday to demonstrate against what they believed to be fraudulent results in Parliamentary elections. By Tuesday evening the government was on the run and the protesters were taking charge. To serve as the new Prime Minister, they released their favorite politician from jail and installed him in office. Mr Japarov, the new Prime Minister had been serving an 11-year sentence for what was generally seen as a politically motivated conviction. Former president Almazbek Atambayev, was also released by the protesters.

Clearly, President Jeenbekov, Putin’s puppet, is on his way out. He claims to retain power but it is interesting to note that he is in hiding and claiming to rule from an undisclosed location; who his replacement will be remains unclear. The protest was largely peaceful at first, until smaller group splintered off and broke through the gates of the parliament building. The police used water cannon, stun grenades, and tear gas to try and clear the crowds from the main square and surrounding streets – all too little avail. The health ministry said nearly 700 people had been injured; nine people in intensive care and a 19-year-old man was killed. Demonstrators later flooded back into the central square and then began storming the parliament building, known as the White House. Not long after, smoke could be seen billowing out of the building.

Opposition leaders have set up a Coordination Council but there are reports they are divided, arguing over who gets specific government positions. The president's office remained under the control of protesters on Tuesday and crowds were reportedly ¨roaming the streets targeting businesses¨. Unfortunately, some looting does appear to to have accompanied this regime change from the streets.

Like Belarus, which has not been so easy to crack, the government of Kyrgyzstan up until this past Monday was controlled by the allies of Putin. This sends a signal of solidarity and strength to Belarus, also controlled by Putin proxies. Furthermore Kyrgyzstan stands on the border between the former USSR and China. We at sincerely hope that it is not just Putin taking note of what happens to the puppets of tyrants, but Xi as well.

Across the border, China’s conflict with Uighurs in Xinjiang Province has steadily worsened this year, with several clashes turning deadly. China is Kyrgyzstan’s largest trading partner and Bishkek is eager to please Beijing. Thus, Uighur activism in Kyrgyzstan tends to come under intense scrutiny from the security agencies of both countries. It is quite understandable how Uighurs in Kyrgystan have caution mixed in with their optimism concerning recent events. On article is appropriate titled: Kyrgyzstan’s Uighurs Cautious, Still Fear Chinese Influence.

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Protest2020! 2020 is the year of protest, ushered in on the heels of 2019, which saw numerous social explosions in the last few months of the year. Climate change, in particular, is feeding a well-founded sense of fear, particularly among the vulnerable and their activist allies whose lives and futures are highly precarious. In fact, all of us are vulnerable, and awareness is growing of the way in which we are all in this together. While in most places, most notably Hong Kong, protests have turned violent and thousands of arrests have been made, there have not yet been large numbers of fatalities, although dozens of protestors have died and continue to die in South America. In other parts of the world, most notably the Middle East – home to warfare for decades – particularly in Iraq and its neighbor and former enemy Iran, hundreds of protestors have been killed with live, military-grade ammunition. After 5 years of civil war in Syria, protest has given way to military action hand in hand with death and destruction. The numbers of people murdered by the governments of the region are not fully known, and especially hard to verify in Iran, where a brutal religious dictatorship maintains a thick cloak of secrecy over such information.

Iran and its allies in Iraq are now moving precipitously towards war with the United States, in part because the mentally ill president of that country needs to wage war in order to win reelection. Large parts of the world that are the most vulnerable to the ravages of climate change are already suffering; places like the Philippines are experiencing devastating and lethal storms, one after the other, breaking all historical records.

Much of Australia has been on fire for months as we ring in 2020, accompanied by the hottest temperatures on record. This is changing Australian lives, politics, and the consciousness of the ordinary Australian who is now getting involved in the struggle to save their island, and coming to a better understanding of how their survival is linked to the rest of the world. In Japan, forces are growing in protest to push the Japanese government towards support for the Hong Kong protestors, confronting mainland China; also supporting the struggles of minority groups in mainland China, reporting on government abuses, etc. The US government has expressed its full support for the Hong Kong protestors, further escalating tensions between these two superpowers along with ally Russia. These tensions were already at their most aggravated moments as a result of the US/China trade war.

To make matters still worse, especially for SE Asia, the North Korean dictator is threatening the use of a new strategic weapon. Our world on the arrival first of 2020 and now 2021, is a tinderbox as never before. The 2020 presidential elections in the USA will be the single greatest determining factor for the survival of the planet. Given that the current president preaches a doctrine of conflict and confrontation rather than collaboration, and denies that climate change is even exacerbated by man-made actions, if he is re-elected, there will be little hope for our world in the short term.

Here at, we invite you to protest, share your views, and help us all to march towards a more sustainable and peaceful world that will not totally implode, at least within our lifetimes, leaving hope for life to continue in more intelligent forms, better appreciating our planetary home. We ultimately seek harmony with nature so as to preserve life as we know it, as we dream it could be. Everything depends on how hard we are willing to fight to make it so.


Let’s get arrested, the more the merrier!