The News, March 15, 2009
Dr Farrukh Saleem
Governments have never been able to stop determined long marchers. Three hundred thousand Estonians did nothing but sing patriotic songs. Red Army's T-34 tanks couldn't stop Estonians from singing. Teargas, rubber batons, light shells, noise shells and water-jet cannons. The Soviet Armed Forces, arguably the second-most powerful on the face of the planet, couldn't keep these singing Estonians from what they wanted.
The Kyrgyzstani long-march, the Tulip Revolution, a country where mountain tulips bloom in spring, took less than a month. On March 18, 2005, Kyrgyzstanis staged a sit-in inside the governor's office in Jalalabad. The police tried a forced eviction but failed. In Bishkek, the capital, the police baton charged demonstrators and detained newspaper columnists and writers. But, to no avail. On April 4 President Askar Akayev signed his resignation.
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