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Kazakhstan: Clash in Energy-Rich West Spoils Independence Day Party

Violence in a town in Kazakhstan's energy-rich west has spoiled the December 16 Independence Day party that Astana has been billing as a celebration of the country’s success and achievements since it declared independence from the Soviet Union two decades ago.

Two police officers were injured in a clash in the town of Zhanaozen in western Mangystau region, which has been the site of a protest involving energy sector workers that has been going on since May.

Kazakhstan’s General-Prosecutor’s Office acknowledged in a statement that the two law-enforcement officers had been injured in “mass unrest,” which it blamed on “the criminal actions of a group of people.”

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Kazakhstan: Clash in Energy-Rich West Spoils Independence Day Party

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