Kazakhstan: Sting cancels concert in support of striking oil workers

“Hunger strikes, imprisoned workers and tens of thousands on strike represents a virtual picket line which I have no intention of crossing,” Sting said in an online statement.

Oil workers strikes in West Kazakhstan are now into their second month of strike action. In an attempt to break the press silence about their plight, a delegation of strikers visited Moscow last week, at the invitation of the Russian section of the CWI, and met with trade unionists and news reporters.

This week, in a very welcome boost to their campaign, the oil workers got the support of Sting, the globally renowned British musician. Sting’s backing of the strikers has been reported in Russia and around the world:

Moscow News: Sting cancels Kazakh gig, donates to striking workers

New York Times (website): “Sting Cancels Concert in Kazakhstan After Crackdown on Strikers”

Please send solidarity messages to:

solidar@socialismkz.info with copies to Robert.cwi@gmail.com and alex@socdeistvie.info

Protests should be sent to Kazakhstan embassies (contact details here)

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July 2011