News Alerts

21 Mar 2019 | 04:39 PM UTC

Kazakhstan: Police arrest 20 demonstrators in Astana March 21 /update 2

Kazakhstan News Alert

Police arrest 20 protesters in Astana March 21 denouncing name change of capital to Nursultan; similar protests possible over the coming days and weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/21/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/28/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Almaty). COUNTRY/REGION Astana

Read all related news alert(s):

Event

Police arrested 20 protesters in Astana on Thursday, March 21, denouncing the name change of the capital to Nursultan, in honor of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who announced his resignation from office on Tuesday, March 19.

Similar demonstrations in the wake of Nazarbayev's announcement are possible throughout the country over the coming hours and days. Heightened security measures are expected around all potential protest sites; clashes between police and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

On March 19, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced his resignation from the office of the presidency effective March 20. In a televised address on March 19, Nazarbayev, who will remain chair of the country's Security Council and the ruling Nur-Otan party, indicated the speaker of the upper parliament chamber Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev would be named interim president.

Kazakhstan's law on public assembly is highly restrictive and effectively denies citizens the right to protest. Nevertheless, mass protests do occasionally take place in the country.

Advice

Individuals in Kazakhstan are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all political gatherings as a precaution, anticipate similar protests and associated disruptions over the coming weeks, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news