Dozens of activists were arrested by security forces on Saturday, June 6, in multiple cities following demonstrations by opposition groups demanding democratic reforms. Police cordoned off the area surrounding Gandhi Park and other main squares in Almaty in an attempt to prevent protesters from gathering. The protests were reportedly held following the passing of a recently enacted law revoking the requirement for demonstration organizers to obtain prior permission from local authorities.
Associated protests and a heightened security presence remain possible over the coming days.
Individuals in Almaty and other affected cities 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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