Fresh clashes erupt in Kyrgyzstan

Rioters have clashed with police outside the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, as supporters of the ousted president staged a rally in the country’s south.

In a suburb of Bishkek, about 1,000 men armed with sticks clashed with police and landowners on Monday.

A police official said three police vehicles had been torched.

The incident appeared to have been triggered by a land dispute that followed unrest in which 84 anti-government protesters were killed and Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the president, was forced to flee the capital.

The group had seized land in the village of Mayevka outside Bishkek and demanded talks with Bishkek officials, local media reported.

After moving into the city, they forced the acting mayor of Bishkek to sign a document authorising the handover of the land they had seized.

Kyrgyzstan has remained tense since Bakiyev was ousted and an interim government declared itself in charge of the country.

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