Kyrgyzstan Protesters Storm Government Compound
The protests began even before the first round of parliamentary elections on Feb. 27 and swelled after March 13 runoffs that the opposition and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said were seriously flawed.
Profoundly ignorant of the geography of vowel-deprived countries, I had to look up Kyrgyzstan, so I went to The Economist, which calls it A tulip revolution. This momentarily confused me, since it brought to mind the time I went to the Spring Flower Show in Holland, and came by chance upon an immense field where acres and acres of hundreds of varieties of tulips were in full bloom, gently waving in the breeze, one of the most extraordinary experiences I’ve had.
But back to Kyrgyzstan. The Economist shows a map, and Kyrgystan is north and west of China, two countries up from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Economist calls it a tulip revolution because there the mountain tulips bloom in spring, and the reports ends on an optimistic note:
And should the Kirgiz protesters succeed in driving Mr Akaev from office, or even in forcing a re-run of the parliamentary polls, the “tulip revolution” could bring a bit of hope to this undemocratic corner of the world.
Let’s hope for that.