Mass arrests: Relatives and supporters to hold rally

Relatives and supporters of the members of the Committee for Protection of Kempir-Abad reservoir, who were placed in the Bishkek remand center 1 on charges of attempt to organize mass riots in order to seize power, plan to hold a rally. Wife of an activist Ali Shabdan, Nuraiym Sadygalieva, posted on Twitter.

According to her, the rally is scheduled for March 17 in Maxim Gorky park.

The Committee for protection of Kempir-Abad reservoir was created on October 22. It includes activists, politicians and MPs. On the same day, in an interview with Kabar news agency, President Sadyr Japarov said: the authorities have information who was behind the rallies and marches on Kempir-Abad issue.

Mass arrests began on October 23. Authorities placed 26 people in jail on charges of preparing for riots.

A number of international human rights organizations such as the International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR), the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC), the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR), Freedom Now and others issued a statement calling for the immediate release of politicians and activists arrested in Kyrgyzstan.

Source: News Agency