Location: Kyrgyz Republic
Event: Media is reporting that former president Atambayev has been arrested at his compound, located in the village of Koy Tash outside of Bishkek. The situation remains fluid and civil unrest remains a high probability in the Koy Tash area.
U.S. citizens are advised to avoid traveling to or through areas south of the reservoir in the village of Kok Jar and east of the village of Chon Tash. U.S. government personnel have been restricted from traveling to these areas.
We also continue to receive reports that small demonstrations continue in Bishkek and several other cities throughout the Kyrgyz Republic. These demonstrations have the potential to turn violent at any time.
The Commandant for Bishkek announced a citywide curfew for Bishkek between 2100 hours and 0500 hours until further notice. Meetings, rallies, and demonstrations have also been banned.
U.S. Embassy employees have been instructed to shelter in place between 1800 hours to 0600 hours until further notice. We recommend U.S. citizens stay indoors and away from windows.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid Koy Tash village.
- Comply with the curfew announced as a part of the state of emergency.
- Avoid large crowds, gatherings, and demonstrations.
- Be aware of your surroundings and local security developments.
- Monitor local media.
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