|Police and Interior Ministry troops secure the government building in Bishkek after protesters stormed it |
Hundreds of police officers Saturday patrolled the grounds of Kyrgyzstan's main government complex in Bishkek which was briefly occupied by protesters on Friday.
Troops used teargas and batons Friday to disperse a crowd that was demanding the inclusion of businessman Urmat Baryktabasov in next month's presidential election.
Acting Deputy Prime Minister Daniar Usenov said the protesters were supporters of former president Askar Akayev, who fled to Moscow after an opposition uprising in March.
Russia's Itar-Tass news agency reports Mr. Akayev's attorney has issued a statement denying Mr. Akayev or his family had anything to do with Friday's events in Bishkek.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.