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Aktau protesters demand higher salary, mourning for riot victims

December 19, 2011, 1:33 UTC+3
Over 400 protesters, including several dozens of “quite aggressively driven young people aged from 20 to 30 years” gathered on the square on Sunday
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ASTANA, December 19 (Itar-Tass) —— First Deputy Prime Minister Umirzak Shukeyev, who heads the governmental commission investigating the riots in Zhanaozen that the president instructed to form, met with the protesters on the square in Aktau, local media reported.

Over 400 protesters, including several dozens of “quite aggressively driven young people aged from 20 to 30 years” gathered on the square on Sunday.

About 500 policemen and the troops were controlling the situation on the square.

Deputies from the senate of Kazakh parliament from the Mangystau Region Mikhail Bortnik and Bakhtybai Chelpekov addressed to the protesters. However, they failed to establish the constructive dialogue with them, local media reported.

The protesters from the Karazhanbasmunai Company have made demands for a higher salary and a day of mourning over the dramatic events in the city Zhanaozen on December 16.

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