Janaozen will not mark Kazakh Independence Day

 

Kazakhstan’s Janaozen will not mark the Independence Day. It will only have an honorary assembly on December 13, Interfax reports.

Two local mosques have had commemorations for victims of the disorders last year.

Janaozen and Shetpa in the Mangistau Region of Kazakhstan had disorders on December 16, 2011, for two days, preceded by a 7-month strike of oil workers demanding higher wages and better socio-economic conditions. 15 people died and over 100 were injured in the disorders.

Former top-managers of petroleum companies were arrested and sentenced. Former Mayor of Janaozen Orak Sarbopeyev was sentenced to 10 years of prison with property confiscation.

 

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