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The Socialist 27 June 2012

Hypocrites! Tories bash benefits, rich let off the hook

The Socialist issue 724

Hypocrites! Tories bash benefits, rich let off the hook

Breadline Britain - living in poverty

Poverty and job worries hit mental health

Teachers report children going hungry

Government of rich ups war on welfare state

Miliband speech: no answer to the race to the bottom

Protest for affordable housing - join the Austerity Games

Life in a 'forgotten' area

Cuts ignore immense needs

Them & Us


EMERGENCY: Stop NHS cuts!

Stop the NHS massacre


London bus workers show their strength

Police wade in at Coryton protest

HMRC members show their opposition to another round of job cuts and privatisation

RMT conference prepares for battle

Sheffield recycling workers: Support their indefinite strike action

Unison conference Delegates call for effective battle on pay

Unison backs Tamil Solidarity

Unite conference 'The renaissance of trade unionism'

Block on Progress - "intolerable think tank"?

Wales Shop Stewards Network


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: Building the fight against all cuts


Spain: New epicentre of crisis in Europe

Kazakh embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev

 
 
 

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Kazakh embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev

Kazakhstan embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev, photo Dave Carr

Kazakhstan embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev, photo Dave Carr   (Click to enlarge)

Campaign Kazakhstan held a demonstration outside the London Kazakhstan embassy on 21 June to demand the immediate freeing of Bolat Atabayev.

Ken Douglas, Walthamstow Socialist Party

The protest was joined by Esenbek Ukteshbaev, leader of the independent Kazakhstan trade union Zhanartu, visiting London to raise awareness of the situation facing workers in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev, photo Dave Carr

Photo Dave Carr   (Click to enlarge)

Alfia Nakipbekova, the celebrated Kazakh cellist, also joined the protesters. She played her cello outside the embassy, declaring: "I am a musician and I will protest the only way I know how, by playing my music".

We also received support from a passing Tobias Menzies, actor in the films Atonement and Casino Royale.

Bolat Atabayev, a famous and popular independent theatre director and performer who openly spoke out against the dictatorship in Kazakhstan, was arrested on 15 June.

Kazakhstan embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev, photo Dave Carr

Photo Dave Carr   (Click to enlarge)

He has been charged with 'inciting social discord' in Zhanaozen where the massacre of striking oil-workers and their supporters took place in December.

With him was a young journalist, Zhanbolat Mamaia. Both of them are being sent by road from Almaty to Aktau to stand trial, a journey of over 3,000km.

The conditions of the journey - the heat and the discomfort could kill Bolat. His relatives fear for his health because he suffers from insulin-dependent diabetes, needing medicine every day.

His brother was stopped from giving him the medicine needed for the journey by the police.

Alfia Nakipbekova and Campaign Kazakhstan supporters went in to talk to embassy staff and hand in a letter.

The protest demanded the immediate release of Bolat and Zhanbolat, but also all political prisoners including those oil-workers recently sentenced, and Vadim Kuramshin (see www.campaignkazakhstan.org for more info).


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 23 June 2012 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

Hypocrites! Tories bash benefits, rich let off the hook

Breadline Britain - living in poverty

Poverty and job worries hit mental health

Teachers report children going hungry

Government of rich ups war on welfare state

Miliband speech: no answer to the race to the bottom

Protest for affordable housing - join the Austerity Games

Life in a 'forgotten' area

Cuts ignore immense needs

Them & Us


Socialist Party NHS campaign

EMERGENCY: Stop NHS cuts!

Stop the NHS massacre


Socialist Party workplace news

London bus workers show their strength

Police wade in at Coryton protest

HMRC members show their opposition to another round of job cuts and privatisation

RMT conference prepares for battle

Sheffield recycling workers: Support their indefinite strike action

Unison conference Delegates call for effective battle on pay

Unison backs Tamil Solidarity

Unite conference 'The renaissance of trade unionism'

Block on Progress - "intolerable think tank"?

Wales Shop Stewards Network


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: Building the fight against all cuts


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: New epicentre of crisis in Europe

Kazakh embassy protest to free Bolat Atabayev


 

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