(guardian.co.uk) At least 10 people have been killed in violent clashes between police and demonstrators in an oil town in western Kazakhstan, where workers have been protesting for higher wages, authorities said.
Prosecutor General Askhat Daulbayev said that the mayor’s office, a hotel and vehicles were set on fire in Zhanaozen, a city of 90,000 in the southwestern corner of the energy-rich nation.
The clashes appear to be some of the worst unrest to hit the former Soviet republic since it gained independence in 1991.
Contradictory accounts have emerged as to what precipitated the confrontation.
Sacked oil workers in deadly clashes
(Reuters) Dec 17 – Kazakhstan counts the cost of violence that erupted during a protest by sacked oil workers leading to deaths and injuries. Paul Chapman reports. ( Transcript )