|Quoting PROSA (Reply 6):|
While Kyrgysztan is a Muslim country, so far there doesn't appear to be much support for Islamic fundamentalism, so that's good news.
If you look at the criminals who are 'leading' these events in Kyrgyzstan, there are two major types -- those who are involved in criminal activity (especially drug trafficking) and those who are Islamic fundies. Both types have their strongholds in Osh and Jalalabad in southern Kyrgyzstan, which is where all this brouhaha started.
Criminal groups would explain why the crowds infesting Bishkek at the moment are armed with clubs, molotov cocktails and stolen police riot gear.