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Kazakhstan - solidarity needed
Housing justice activists arrested in Astana
Police raids were carried out yesterday on houses and hostels in Astana, where housing justice protesters from across Kazakhstan were being accommodated.
More than 80 members of the 'Leave the People's Homes Alone' campaign were rounded up and taken to police stations.
Many have now been released but five leaders, including Esenbek Ukteshbayev and his partner Baxut Sulemenova are being summarily tried for organising an 'unsanctioned demonstration'.
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Added on 23.5.13:
After yesterday's arrests in Astana Esenbek Ukteshbayev has been sentenced to 10 days imprisonment and his partner, Baxut, released with a fine of $130 to pay.
One of the other campaigners has been sentenced to seven days in prison. Today, the independent journalist, Berig Zhakiparov was also arrested and detained by the police.