State of emergency lifted in Kazakh city
Kazakhstan, Astana, Jan.27 / Trend L.Podolyak /
A state of emergency declared in the Kazakh city of Zhanaozen in Mangystau region ended. The Kazakh President decided not to extend a state of emergency in Zhanaozen. He announced this during his annual appeal to the country's people at a joint meeting of the Parliamentary chambers.
Mass riots hit the Kazakh oil city of Zhanaozen in Mangystau region on Dec.16 killing 16 and injuring more than 100 people. Buildings and cars were burned and property of individuals and legal bodies destroyed. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared a state of emergency in Zhanaozen until Jan.31.
There was curfew in the city. Traffic was restricted. The rallies were prohibited, photography, image acquisition, as well as the use of copiers were restricted.
The riots were preceded by many months' strike of oil companies' employees dissatisfied with their wages. The Court considered the strike as illegal, its members were dismissed.