Kyrgyzstan’s ex-leader charged with mass murder

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Kyrgyzstan’s new authorities have charged the country’s former president with mass murder in the deaths of scores of anti-government protesters earlier this month, an official in the provisional government said Tuesday.

The police and presidential guards opened fire on thousands of demonstrators on April 7, killing at least 85 people. They failed, however, to stop the protesters, who commandeered weapons and an armored personnel carrier and overran the government.

Kurmanbek Bakiyev, the former president, was forced to flee the country, and is currently in Belarus, where the president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, has guaranteed his security.

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