By empty (5/16/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)Protesters and riot police clashed in Kyrgyzstan\'s parliament square on Thursday as demonstrations against the government picked up momentum, prompting one lawmaker to warn that this Central Asian nation may be heading toward a civil war. Demonstrators who gathered in front of the parliament building in the capital Bishkek were kicked in the stomach and dragged away by their hands and feet, opposition activists said. More than 90 people were detained, including the head of the Kyrgyz Committee for Human Rights and many journalists, according to activists and human rights groups.
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