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Woman Alleges Abuse At Kazakh Police Station

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ZHANAOZEN, Kazakhstan -- On December 16, when the western Kazakh town of Zhanaozen became the scene of deadly unrest, Asem Kenzhebaeva unexpectedly found herself in the basement of the city police headquarters.

The 21-year-old was looking for her father, who had left their home that day to visit a family member at a Zhanaozen hospital but failed to return.

"At around 10 p.m., I was looking for my father when policemen detained me near the hospital," Kenzhebaeva recalls of the day local oil workers' simmering discontent boiled over into full-blown riots. "That day police were arresting anyone they saw in the street. They took me to the basement of the city police headquarters."

There, Kenzhebaeva says, she witnessed the torture, abuse, and humiliation of dozens of people who had been rounded up in Zhanaozen. "I spent a few hours there, and horrible things were happening before my eyes," she says. "There were many people, but I couldn't quite see their faces because it was dark in the cellar."

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Written by Farangis Najibullah based on interviews conducted by RFE/RL Kazakh Service correspondent Saniya Toiken

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Woman Alleges Abuse At Kazakh Police Station

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