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Kyrgyz opposition MPs charged with coup attempt

BISHKEK, Oct 5 (Reuters) - A court in Kyrgyzstan on Fridaycharged three opposition nationalist members of parliament withattempting to seize power after they led a crowd to stormgovernment headquarters in protest over a Canadian-owned goldmine.

The three parliamentarians - Kamchibek Tashiyev, SadyrZhaparov and Talant Mamytov - were detained by security policeon Thursday, a day after their rally erupted into violence.

Their lawyers said they could face between 12 and 20 yearsin jail if found guilty.

Wednesday's clashes between police and supporters of theopposition Ata Zhurt party in the former Soviet republic werethe most violent in the capital Bishkek since the April 2010revolt that ousted then-president Kurmanbek Bakiyev.

Protesters demanded that the state should nationalise theKumtor gold mine, Kyrgyzstan's flagship venture with Canada'sCenterra Gold Inc .

(Reporting by Olga Dzyubenko; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov;Editing by Andrew Roche)

((dmitry.solovyov@thomsonreuters.com))

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