Almost ignored by the world’s media, now that the bloody massacre by the police and army of the striking oil-workers and their supporters in West Kazakhstan last month is “old news”, the Nazarbayev regime is stepping up its attacks on democratic rights.
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Below we carry a report from The Moscow News about the continuing emergency in Kazakhstan. We appeal to all trade unionists, human rights activists, journalists and socialists to publicise this atrocious attack on trade unionists their families and their supporters.
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The following appeal had been widely distributed by the Organising Committee made up of strikers and residents in the Mangystau region of Kazakhstancalling for a day of protest on the 16th December.
The striking oil workers and other residents of the Mangystau region in West Kazakhstan have sent the following appeal. They have already collected over ten thousand signatures in the region in support of a petition calling for the resignation of the top management of the oil company “OzenMunaiGaz”, the city’s prosecutor and the mayor. They are demanding the immediate start of negotiations. Several thousand workers in the city have also signed a statement declaring that their children will stay away from school in protest at the repression and mass sackings that have taken place. They are now asking their supporters in other parts of the world to join their initiative by signing the attached petition.