Witness to History

Craig Brown

My nephew, a U of Michigan Russian studies graduate student is studying this year in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He lives across the street from the Kyrgyzstan presidential office, known as the White House. He was alone in his apartment last Wednesday and shot this incredible video/audio out his front window. He reports that his internet is back up and he has plenty of beer and soup.

Of his video he writes:


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Protests in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, April 7th, 2010.
Video is
looking north towards the capitol building from across Chuy St. The
video shows the early stages of the protest--about 1:00-4:00 pm,
after which I decided to evacuate as gunfire intensified. Much of the
violence (and deaths) leading to the final storming of the building
occurred around sunset at the eastern gate and Ala-Too square. The
photographs are taken the next morning, and show the overtaken
parliament and some of the numerous looted stores. The music played
during the photographs was taken from the nationwide funeral/memorial
service broadcast on the 10th of April 2010 held for the victims of the
protest. The vast majority of the nearly 80 deaths were caused by
gunshot wounds and trauma from explosives.

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