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After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the new Kyrgyz government set a course to build a democratic nation. From the mid-1990s, growing political tensions and accusations of 'tribalism' among the elite strengthened the view that 'tribes' were assuming greater control and dictating politics. On 24 March 2005, nearly ten thousand people demonstrated in the centre of Bishkek, demanding the resignation of President Akaev. In addition to the various ways genealogy is used to establish relatedness between people at different levels, shame is a strong influence that runs throughout these relations. Since independence, the Kyrgyz Republic has been exploring its history in part through national celebrations. After the 'Tulip Revolution', Bakiev formed a constitutional commission. The process was slow and there were demonstrations throughout April and May 2006, with people camping out in Ala-Too Square, demanding speedier reforms.

Keywords: Ala-Too Square; Bishkek; genealogy; Kyrgyz Republic; President Akaev; Soviet Union; tribalism; Tulip Revolution



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