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Security Alert: Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) Ongoing Unrest and Demonstrations

Demonstration Alert - U.S. Embassy Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


Subject: Ongoing unrest and demonstrations


Location:   Central Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan


Event:  There is a likelihood that demonstrations that began overnight on August 8 may continue over the weekend.  Groups protesting the arrest of former president Atambayev, independent citizen groups protecting residences and businesses, as well as law enforcement troops were involved in clashes in downtown Bishkek overnight from August 8 - 9.  Press reports that more demonstrators may be arriving in Bishkek and the chance of unrest and further violence remains high.  

U.S. citizens are advised to avoid central Bishkek, including government buildings and main arteries leading to the center.   U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid downtown Bishkek from the evening of Friday August 9 until Monday August 12.


·        U.S. Embassy Bishkek

·        171 Prospect Mira
Bishkek 720016
Kyrgyz Republic
 +(996)(312) 597-000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(996)(312) 597-733
Fax: +(996)(312) 597-744

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