I'm locked in my apartment two blocks from the main square of Bishkek, the
capital of Kyrgyzstan -- and home to a U.S. airbase used for the war in Afghanistan -- and can hear groups of men still roaming the
streets. Early Wednesday morning, protesters gathered outside the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan's headquarters to rally against President Kurmanbek Bakiyev. By the evening, Bakiyev's
government fell. Here's how a protest became an insurgency in just one
Protesters denouncing Bakiyev for alleged human-rights abuses first took control of the city of Talas. Mayhem then came to Bishkek. After police began arresting a group of non-violent protesters in the capitol, hundreds more gathered in support of the demonstration. Police released riot dogs, used tear gas, and shot rubber bullets but still had to retreat under the force of the growing crowds.
Later, special forces and riot police were also overpowered. The crowds seized a bazooka, automatic rifles, riot shields, and two military transports. Rioters used a tractor and a large truck to break through the locked gates of the White House, where Bakiyev lives, disregarding signs that read, "If you enter you will be met with live ammunition."