Dozens of women were put in police vehicles in Bishkek [Vladimir Pirogov/Reuters]

Police in Kyrgyzstan have detained dozens of protesters, mostly women, at a rally to mark International Women’s Day after masked men attacked them and tore up their placards.

Dozens of women were placed in police vehicles in the centre of the capital, Bishkek, where women’s groups had begun to rally against gender-based violence on Sunday, according to an AFP news agency correspondent.

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The detentions of the women came after they were attacked by the masked men, some of whom wore traditional Kyrgyz white felt hats. The attackers tore up the protesters’ posters, popped balloons with toy pistols and threw eggs at the women before fleeing the scene.

Erlan Atantayev, deputy head

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