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    Violence at a Kyrgyzstan Court Stops Trial for April Uprisin


    by NTDTelevision

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    And trouble in a court in Kyrgyzstan. Fighting erupted at a trial for former government troops who fired on crowds during last April's uprising against the government. The uprising led to a coup.

    Emotions run high at the trial of 22 people over Kyrgyzstan's bloody crackdown during the uprising that toppled President Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

    Relatives of some of those killed when troops fired on crowds storming government buildings want the defendants to suffer the same fate.

    The judge leaves just in time before the angry shouting turns to violence.

    The defendants were also led to safety from the sports stadium in Bishkek, which authorities are using as a makeshift court.

    Officials say 87 people were killed and more than 1,000 wounded in the uprising and crackdown of April 7th. It's alleged that President Bakiyev ordered his special forces to open fire.

    Six people, including Bakiyev who has taken refuge in Belarus, are being tried in absentia. Bakiyev denies ordering the shootings and says troops were retaliating after a sniper targeted him at his office.

    The uprising unleashed a wave of ethnic violence that left hundreds dead.

    Kyrgyzstan last month held elections aimed at creating Central Asia's first parliamentary democracy in a region more used to iron fist rule by strongmen.