Dozens Detained As Police Block Opposition Rallies in Kazakhstan
More than 100 people planning to attend opposition rallies in Nur Sultan and other Kazakh cities on February 22 were detained by police, who were deployed in large numbers in a show of force to halt the unsanctioned events. Activists of the outlawed opposition movement Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK) told RFE/RL in the Kazakh capital that they came out to draw attention to low standards of living and growing inequality. Earlier, the Prosecutor General’s office had urged citizens not to take part in what it called “illegal” rallies planned by the DVK. The DVK was banned by a Kazakh court as extremist in 2018.
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