Protesters in Kyrgyzstan, angered by weekend elections they say were rigged, seized and ransacked the country’s parliament building, briefly setting part of it on fire early Tuesday, according to local news reports.
In video posted to social media, a mob can be seen throwing items around the legislative chamber of the building known locally as the White House, waving flags plucked from behind the speaker’s rostrum.
The building also houses the offices of President. Footage showed people in the office of President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, and throwing paper from windows. Parts of the building appeared to be on fire.
The break-in follows a day of clashes with police, who initially dispersed crowds with water cannon and tear gas.
The clashes come amid allegations of vote-rigging in last Sunday’s election. One person died and nearly 600 were injured in the unrest, according to the Health Ministry.
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