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Paul Murphy MEP expresses solidarity with workers at KazakhMys metal Foundry

Below is a model message of protest – please send yours to the Kazakhstan embassy in your country (which you can find here http://embassy.goabroad.com/embassies-of/kazakhstan ) and include kbalkibai@gmail.com and campaignkazakhstan@gmail.com

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I am writing this letter of protest at the vicious devastation of the community of workers in Zhezkazgan that the closing down of KazakhMys plants in the area would mean. This is a plan hatched in the cold and calculating interest of short-term profit, disregarding the livelihoods of the workers in the area.

I fully support the demands of the workers there for the plant to be nationalised and taken into democratic workers’ control. It is those workers who put the work in and who depend on the factory; they should decide on the future of the plants and what it produces.

The workers in Zhezkazgan are planning a mass demonstration on 6 July. Previous protests in Kazakhstan have been met with brutal repression and collusion between government state forces, most infamously the police massacre in Zhanaozen.

Rosa Tulataeva, a leading figure in the peaceful workers’ protests in Zhanaozen is still in jail, sentenced for many years, and denied proper access to medicine. Vadim Kuramshin was locked away effectively without trial. Aron Atabek is in solitary confinement because of his political opposition to the regime, alongside many other political prisoners.

Much as President Nazarbayev tries to deny it, his regime has a record of locking away and quashing dissent – we won’t let it happen this time.

We will be keeping a close eye on developments on Saturday and will do everything in our power to stop another brutal blood-letting organised between business and government. Across Europe the profile of Kazakhstan is high because of recent visits by EC president Barroso and British PM Cameron. If anything happens to the protestors in Zhezkazgan this publicity will translate into much more opposition to your regime, and Campaign Kazakhstan will be a vital part of that.

 

Yours in protest,