17 Nov 2017 14:05

Rallies in Bishkek center banned till Dec 1 due to Jeenbekov's inauguration

BISHKEK. Nov 17 (Interfax) - Bishkek's Pervomaisky District Court has temporarily prohibited rallies in the center of the Kyrgyz capital in connection with the November 24 inauguration of President-elect Sooronbai Jeenbekov.

"The Pervomaisky District Court in Bishkek analyzed the November 8 decision of the same district's police department and decided to limit the range of venues for rallies and peaceful demonstrations [excluding official cultural and public events] until December 1," a spokesperson for the Kyrgyz Supreme Court told Interfax on Friday.

Rallies on central streets could create traffic jams and hinder the activity of social, medical, firefighting, and law-enforcement services on November 24, when the inauguration will take place, the spokesperson said. "The court imposed a ban on rallies and protest demonstrations in front of the buildings of the parliament, the government, the Central Elections Commission, the Supreme Court, and the Bishkek Court, as well as on the central Ala-Too Square and near the Chinghiz Aitmatov monument," he said.

"It is permitted, though, to hold peaceful assemblies and rallies in the Maxim Gorky Garden," he said.

The Pervomaisky District Court also limited rallying in the city center during the presidential election of October 15.