A massive brawl broke out in the capital of Kazakhstan late on September 2, provoking a fleeting diplomatic scandal.
It all reportedly began when Indian laborers hired to build the high-rise Abu Dhabi Plaza went on a drinking spree, seizing the opportunity of a day off work on the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Police representative Almas Sadubayev said that the first clash occurred when a group of the Indians, who live in housing units on the building site, attempted to leave the territory but were prevented from doing so by a security guard concerned at their inebriated state. The laborers ganged up on the guard in force and physically assaulted him. Local colleagues came to the defense of the guard, giving rise to the brawl.
There are wildly varying estimates about the size of the unrest.
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