Democracy Rising

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable" ~ President John F. Kennedy

Friday, October 21, 2005

Kyrgyz Society Breaks Further Down

With the news that all guards and staff have been ordered to leave the country's jails for security reasons, the day after an MP was shot dead by inmates during a prison visit. Security forces are instead stationed outside to ensure that no prisoners escape.

Prime Minister Kulov said the situation had now "been normalised". In comments to parliament he stated "The government is able to, and will, control the situation in the prison colonies". Quite how is leaving armed prisoners in charge of the jail control? If anything what was needed was a quick re-entry by the army, and strict control in the prisons to prevent further unrest. The longer the inmates are allowed to run their own affairs the harder it will become to bring the situation under control.

If Bakiyev's government cant even control prisoners, how will they control the country?


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