Bulgarian Journalist Beaten Up in Kyrgyzstan

Politics | March 24, 2005, Thursday // 00:00

The Bulgarian reporter, who was injured in the onrush against the Government building in Kyrgyztan on Thursday, has been beaten up badly with rubber truncheons.

Dessislava Rizova, a reporter of Bulgaria's Monitor daily, was taken to hospital after a mass protest in the Kyrgyz capital, the woman's colleagues told Sofia News Agency.

Rizova has suffered a brain concussion and received four stitches to her head scull.

Talking to local Info Radio, Rizova said police hit indiscriminately children, pregnant women, journalists.

Later the same day there were reports Kyrgyzstan's President Askar Akayev had submitted his resignation amid unrest and demands to leave office over allegations of election fraud.

However, Kyrgyz diplomats to US denied it claiming Akayev was on a secured place.

A few hours earlier, about 1,000 protesters - demanding the resignation of President Askar Akayev - broke through riot police at their positions outside a fence protecting the building.

There were reports that other protesters smashed windows with stones as they advanced on the building, while hundreds of police looked on.

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