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People's April Revolution Day
Kyrgyzstan

People’s April Revolution Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 in Kyrgyzstan

In the central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, every 7 April is People’s April Revolution Day, a public holiday commemorating the 2010 Kyrgyz Revolution.

YearDateDayHoliday
20207 AprTuePeople's April Revolution Day
20217 AprWedPeople's April Revolution Day
20227 AprThuPeople's April Revolution Day
20237 AprFriPeople's April Revolution Day
20247 AprSunPeople's April Revolution Day
8 AprMonPeople's April Revolution Holiday

Escape from the dictatorial rule of the USSR, unfortunately, didn’t solve all of Kyrgyzstan’s problems. In 2005, for example, president Askar Akayev, who had ruled since independence, was overthrown in the “Tulip Revolution” due to his dictatorial and failed rule.

But the next president who took over, president Bakiyev, ended up failing to improve the national economy as promised and got into personal and constitutional disputes with his prime minister. He attempted to get rid of the prime minister and basically rule solo. But that led to protests.

Finally, on 7 April 2010, the parliament building in Bishkek was flooded with angry protesters who broke in. Protesters all seized control of radio networks and caused president Bakiyev to flee his home residence and, ultimately, to flee the country.

At that point, an interim government was set up, a new constitution was adopted, and a new election was soon held. The 2010 revolution is celebrated every year now as a time when dictatorship and unlawful usurpation by those in power was pushed back by popular protest, to restore true democracy.