Baku, Azerbaijan, May 21
Kazakh police are impeding an unauthorized rally in the center of Almaty, RIA Novosti agency reported May 21.
Hundreds of people gathered at the intersection of Abay and Furmanov streets and then the police started to detain the most active people, said the agency.
The agency also reported that dozens of people were detained and detentions are also taking place in other parts of the city. Police don't detain journalists, who work in the streets in Almaty.
In Kazakhstan's several cities initiative groups have submitted applications to the authorities for permission to hold rallies on May 21 to protest against the adoption of the amendments to the Land Code, which envisages expanding lease opportunities of agricultural lands by foreigners. All applications were rejected, but some activists called on supporters to hold rallies without permission of authorities.
Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev imposed on May 5 a moratorium on the four rules of the Land Code, which caused a wide public resonance, and ordered to form a commission on land reform, which included the leaders and activists of civil society institutions.