A Revolution. Here and Now.
Trip Start Jan 27, 2010
12Trip End Feb 28, 2011
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Eventually the internet was cut off only in the evening but mobile phones and the electricity kept working all the time, but I started sensing that something was wrong when I went to change some money and all the currency exchange offices were all closed and some of the shops were closing as well
Our lessons at the university were cancelled for Thursday and Friday so went for a walk to the centre on Thursday morning. Everything appeared pretty calm, but you could surely see yesterday’s devastation with all the smashed shop windows and empty shops. The presidential palace, the White House was also completely occupied by the protestors and there were a lot of people inside and around the building, but they didn’t seem aggressive and most of them had just come to see what had happened. A bit farther from the central square and the White House you could already find some shops to buy something to eat, even the shop next to my apartment was open, though they closed again well before the dusk.
Closing the shops turned out to be a good idea again, as the storming mob just appeared again from somewhere in the evening and there were more shootings again. I also heard the they raided some rich people’s houses around the city in the evening. The good thing however, was that it was the first time since Wednesday afternoon that I saw a policeman again, or actually several police and army trucks heading to the centre.
Today has again been pretty peaceful and I even had my Russian lessons at the private language school where I’ve been going a couple of times a week for a month now. Let’s see what happens next. I think we’ve already seen the worst of it, unless the (ex-)president Bakiev is willing to stay in power and manages to find himself enough support from the south, but it seems quite unlikely now.