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01 Mar 2020 | 10:51 AM UTC

Kazakhstan: Dozens detained ahead of opposition protests March 1

More than 40 activists detained ahead of unauthorized opposition protests in Nur-Sultan and Almaty on March 1; additional demonstrations possible in the coming days



Police detained more than 40 activists on Sunday, March 1, ahead of unauthorized protests scheduled to take place in Nur-Sultan and Almaty. Protests have broken out across Kazakhstan since Tuesday, February 25, after the death of an anti-government activist in a detention center.

Further protests are possible in Kazakhstan over the near term. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of any demonstration.


Individuals in Kazakhstan are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized disruptions to business and transportation around protest sites.