Gunfire Rattles Kyrgyzstan Capital, President Refuses to Quit

"We are hoping for a better future, we are carefully worrying about what the new temporary government is going to do," said a middle-aged woman handing out white ribbons to symbolize the movement. "Thank God yesterday's uprising is finished and the situation has stabilized. Usually Kyrgyz people are a peaceful people. We have to calm down and start to work."

A short distance away, a burly man condemned the vandalism but said the uprising was inevitable. "What happened was right because people were suffering a lot and they couldn't support the government anymore," he said.

Wednesdays uprising was the latest in a series of demonstrations against the government for corruption and rising utility prices.

Windows of across Bishkek were shattered, big black marks showing where fires had been set. Some stores' shelves lay bare where looters took advantage of the lack of police presence.

400 People Hospitalized in Kyrgyzstan Uprising

The Health Ministry told the Associated Press that the death toll rose to 74, with 400 people hospitalized across the country as protestors attacked local governments and police used live ammunition in an attempt to repel them.

A truck that rammed the gates of the White House had not budged since Wednesday, and people were quick to point out the bullet holes in the truck when defenders in the White House opened fire.

"Security forces were shooting with submachine guns," said one wounded protester being carried away in a stretcher Wednesday. "Why are they shooting at the people?"

Protesters were armed as well, and they injured and killed several police officers. Some protestors even commandeered police vehicles.

"There will be blood for blood," a protestor vowed.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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