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Posted on 19 December 2016 at 16:08 GMT
Fifth anniversary of Zhanaozen massacre
The anniversary on Friday 16th December of the Zhanaozen massacre in Kazakhstan in 2011 was marked around the world by protests to embassies and within Kazakhstan itself by groups of activists coming onto the squares and being surrounded by anxious police.
In London, 20 trade unionists and socialists from around the country signed letters on behalf of activists in their region which were then taken to the Embassy near Trafalgar Square. No-one would come to the door to receive them personally, but the message was clearly understood. "We will not forget or forgive" and the campaign to end the Nazarbayev dictatorship will continue.
For more reporting of the protests, go to socialistworld.net
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