Kazakhstan: Scores of oil workers jailed for between three and seven years

Strikers punished for state’s murderous attack on peaceful gathering of oil workers and families!

Zhanaozen city was reportedly surrounded by Internal Ministry troops in advance of the sentencing of the thirty seven oil workers and their supporters on Monday. Jail sentences were given against oil workers and their supporters, in relation to events in the town on 16 December last year. Campaign Kazakhstan commented: "it was the forces of the state who murderously attacked a peaceful gathering of striking oil workers and their supporters, killing as yet unknown numbers."

Supporters of those on trial are planning further protests in Zhanaozen and Aktau.

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