On Wednesday, security personnel in Kazakhstan’s largest city Almaty shut numerous downtown streets and fenced off one of the city’s squares as an opposition group planned to stage rallies.
The news: This month, the oil-rich Central Asian nation was rocked by the greatest outbreak of violence in its post-Soviet history, with at least 225 people killed, the most of them in Almaty.
- On Wednesday, a group led by Mukhtar Ablyazov, a former Kazakh banker turned exiled government critic, said that rallies will be held outside local government offices across the country’s 19 million people.
- Ablyazov’s political movement, Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan, was found to be extreme by a Kazakh court.
- Almaty police stated they were conducting an “anti-terrorist operation.”