German socialists denounce state repression in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan protests — Aqtobe, January 4 (Photo: Esetok/CC)

Below are letters of protest (in German and English) sent to the Embassy of Kazakhstan and Embassy of the Russian Federation, in Berlin, from socialist activists in Germany.

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An die

Botschaft Kasachstans – per Mail: berlin@mfa.kz

Botschaft der Russischen Föderation – per Mail: info@russische-botschaft.de

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

wir protestieren hiermit aufs Schärfste gegen die Unterdrückung der legitimen Proteste der Bevölkerung in Kasachstan durch Einsatzkräfte der kasachischen Regierung und die Entsendung russischer Truppen zur Unterstützung der Regierung.

Wir fordern ein sofortiges Ende dieser Unterdrückung und den Rückzug aller Einsatzkräfte von den Straßen, sowie den Rückzug der russischen Truppen. Wir fordern den Rücktritt der Regierung und die Abhaltung freier und demokratischer Wahlen, den Zugang zu den Massenmedien für oppositionelle Kräfte, sowie das Recht auf freie politische und gewerkschaftliche Betätigung.

Wir werden alles in unserer Macht stehende tun, um in der deutschen Öffentlichkeit Solidarität mit den Protestierenden zu organisieren.

Linksjugend Rheinland-Pfalz

Translation into English:

To the

Embassy of Kazakhstan – by mail: berlin@mfa.kz

Embassy of the Russian Federation – by mail: info@russische-botschaft.de

Dear Sir or Madam,

We hereby protest in the strongest possible terms against the repression of legitimate protests by the people of Kazakhstan by forces of the Kazakh government and the deployment of Russian troops in support of the government.

We demand an immediate end to this repression and the withdrawal of all forces from the streets, as well as the withdrawal of Russian troops. We demand the resignation of the government and the holding of free and democratic elections, access to the mass media for opposition forces, and the right to free political and trade union activity.

We will do everything in our power to organise solidarity with the protesters among the German public.

Left Youth Rhineland-Palatinate

Above: Protest planned on 12 January, in which Sol (CWI Germany) is participating, against state repression in Kazakhstan

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