January 4th, 2012
05:13 AM ET

Kazakhstan extends state of emergency in oil town

Kazakhstan extended a state of emergency in the oil town of Zhanaozen, the site of deadly clashes, to the end of this month, state media said Wednesday. 

Initially, authorities had issued a 20-day state of emergency after the December 16 clashes that left 16 people dead.
At least 80 people were injured in the clashes between police and striking oil workers in the  town, according to state media.

The trouble came as the former Soviet republic celebrated its 20th anniversary of independence and prompted concern that unrest might spread across the oil rich Central Asian nation.
The protest was part of a long-running dispute over low pay and the sacking of some workers.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    ALL of Kazakhstan is a state of emergency: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2010/11/07/borat-or-bilo/

    January 4, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Suckers

    Kazakhstan should have never sold their mineral rights to Bushco Oil years ago.. Suckers.

    January 4, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Hawaii Five O

    Yep and this generation knows exactly how much money is made off of 'their' backs! The lambs are waking up folks!

    January 4, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tcr c2

    Those lambs are turning into crocodiles!!! Its about time

    January 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |