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22 May 2020 | 01:43 PM UTC

Kazakhstan: Security forces detain activists in Nur-Sultan May 21

Kazakhstan News Alert

Security forces detain activists following court decision in Nur-Sultan on May 21; further unrest possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/22/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/25/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Almaty). COUNTRY/REGION Astana


Dozens of activists were detained by security forces on Thursday, May 21, in Nur-Sultan following a court decision to ban a social movement group that the Kazakh government deemed as extremist. The participants were detained after they refused to disperse in the vicinity of the Esil District Court following authorities' directives. The group, known as the 'Street Party' movement, is a well-known anti-government organization in Kazakhstan. Supporters of the movement say the court ruling was made in an attempt to set a precedent to dissuade future anti-government protests.

Associated protests and a heightened security presence remain possible over the coming days.


Individuals in Nur-Sultan are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protest and demonstration locations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.


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