Dozens detained at Kazakhstan political prisoner protest

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Police in Kazakhstan detained protesters calling for the discharge of political prisoners according to an EU decision.

Police in Kazakhstan has detained dozens of protesters who had been calling for the discharge of political prisoners according to a decision handed by the European Parliament.

Government opponents on Sunday had been trying their first protest because the decision known as for the European Union to prioritise rights in its relations with Kazakhstan, saying there had been a “worrying deterioration” within the oil-rich nation.

Roughly 50 protesters had been detained within the largest metropolis Almaty earlier than they might collect near a metropolis park, the place the web appeared to have been shut down.

Several of the protesters shouted “freedom to political prisoners” as they had been manhandled into ready vans.

“Nazarbayev, go away,” chanted some extra protesters, referring to Kazakhstan’s influential ex-President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has retained sweeping powers since he resigned almost two years in the past and helped to make sure the election of a hand-picked successor.

The ruling Nur Otan occasion has dominated the political scene within the former Soviet republic for almost three many years whereas opposition actions – sidelined and with no seats in Parliament – largely make themselves heard via public protests.

The Central Asian nation’s new President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has styled himself as a reformer and final yr signed off on a regulation easing restrictions on public meeting.

But the European Parliament’s non-binding February 11 decision stated “systemic shortcomings in relation to respect for freedom of association, assembly and expression” endured.

It additionally criticised “secret court decisions” which have outlawed two opposition teams affiliated with former power minister Mukhtar Ablyazov.

Kazakhstan’s overseas ministry stated the decision was “initiated by unfriendly politicians, fuelled by inaccurate information from destructive circles”.

The state prosecutor warned on Friday that anybody attending the protests – known as in cities throughout the huge nation – might face administrative detentions of between 20 and 50 days for becoming a member of unauthorised rallies.

In a Facebook put up on Saturday, Ablyazov, who fled the nation in 2009, known as on Kazakhs “not to stay on the sidelines when democracies are ready to support the people of Kazakhstan in the fight against dictatorship”.

The former financial institution chief, who is needed for embezzlement and organising the homicide of a banker in Kazakhstan, was granted asylum by France.

He insists the legal circumstances are politically motivated retribution for his opposition to former President Nazarbayev, who stays a strong determine and is near Russian chief Vladimir Putin.