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One year on: Kyialbek Toksonbaev
The uprising may have led to a change in government but there has been no change in our lives.

KYRGYZSTAN: ONE YEAR ON
Kya
Name: Kyialbek Toksonbaev
Age: 26
Lives: Bishkek
Job: NGO
Verdict: "Same old politics, different people"

I can't quite believe that a year has passed. I remember the day quite clearly: I was acting as an independent observer of the election process.

We heard of a huge demonstration in the centre of town and that people from the south had come up to protest against the election results.

When we got to Bishkek's central square we saw the army in full gear waiting to meet the demonstrators.

It was unlike anything I had seen before. My friends and I were all so excited. We were young and ready to go.

Finally it was happening, and with no violence so far, it felt like a real people's movement. The atmosphere was euphoric.

'Dangerous and unstable'

When I look back now, I'm not sure what to call it. It was neither a revolution nor a coup d'etat. The situation deteriorated when lots of aggressive young men came to the square.

It became dangerous and unstable.

Those words sum up the mood of the country now. There have been no real changes. I had hoped that the revolution would change the state structure. I really hoped government would listen to the people.

The administration is riven with corruption. It's the same old politics, but different people. Criminal thugs are getting into politics. Business is going to neighbouring countries.

People have no respect for authority The state has shown itself incapable of providing security to its citizens. There is no faith in the "revolutionary" new state.


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