Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/669/11960

From The Socialist newspaper, 4 May 2011

May Day in Kazakhstan marked by attacks on socialists

The ruling parties in the former Soviet countries usually use May Day, international workers' day, in a cynical manner, organising official events to which people are expected to turn up to wave balloons and listen to speeches and pop music.

Having been prevented from organising their own event, activists of the opposition 'Kazakhstan 2012' movement and Socialist Resistance Kazakhstan (the Socialist Party's counterpart in Kazakhstan), decided to participate in the official event.

However, once the red flags had been unfurled the police waded into their part of the demonstration to remove any opposition activists. Socialist activist Ainur Kurmanov received head wounds after being kicked by police whilst on the ground. The leader of the 'Leave People's Homes Alone' campaign, Bakhytgul Ukteshbaeva, was also hurt.

As the oppositionists chanted "shame" and "stop police repression", other participants began to shout out their disgust at the police actions. Later a section of workers who had joined the official parade broke away in protest.

Through the night the KNB (political police) consistently harassed Ainur and his friends and comrades who had come to the hospital. Firstly they tried to pressure the doctor to change his diagnosis, to say he had not been hurt and then attempted to get Ainur to admit that he had organised an "unsanctioned protest".

Activists of Kazakhstan 2012 organised a round the clock presence at the hospital to protect Ainur. During the night prisoner rights activist Vadim Kuramshin was attacked by police. The authorities say they want to charge Ainur with organising an unsanctioned protest - he faces yet another 15 days in prison.

This attack comes against the background of an increase in strike action in the country, a new wave of prison disturbances and even more harassment of the opposition. On 2 May, the trial of Dmitry Tikhonov, charged with organising an "unsanctioned protest", began.

A video of the attack can be seen on: www.socialismkz.info/

For details of solidarity action and addresses for letters of protests, see www.socialistworld.net

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 4 May 2011:


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS Cuts: Stop the Con-Dem wreckers

NHS: Stop the Connaught closure


Youth fight for jobs

Join the Jarrow march!


Socialist Party editorial

Cracks grow in Con-Dem coalition


Socialist Party feature

Cuts hit disabled people hard


Socialist Party news and analysis

Review: The monarchy - reserve weapon of the ruling class?

May Day in Kazakhstan marked by attacks on socialists

Coventry residents' victory over Academy land snatch

Fast news


Socialist Party workplace news

More teachers vote for pensions strike ballot

Rotherham teachers strike again to defend their union rep

National Shop Stewards Network


Socialist Party feature

Paris commune 1871: When workers "stormed heaven".


Already posted on the Socialist Party website

Osama Bin Laden - killed by US forces

Socialists elected to leading positions in Greenwich Unite

Solidarity action builds for BP/Vivergo Saltend workers


 

Home   |   The Socialist 4 May 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Kazakhstan:

triangleProtests against state repression in Russia and Kazakhstan

triangleSyria: Is an end to the war in sight?

triangleFifth anniversary of Zhanaozen massacre

triangleSolidarity with protesters in Kazakhstan

May Day:

triangleMay Day! The Socialist needs you!

triangleMay Day greetings: Lend your support to the fight against the bosses

triangleIdeas matter: help us fight to win with May Day greetings

triangleMay Day, May Day! Celebrate solidarity!

Police:

triangleDefend socialist councillor Kshama Sawant against lawsuits

triangleWalkout from undercover policing inquiry

triangleBrazil: Psol councillor Marielle Franco murdered

Protest:

triangleHull City supporters fight to reclaim their club and the game

triangleTaking the anti-austerity message to the chancellor's back yard

International

International

18/4/18

Catalonia

Catalonia: 1m marchers demand self-determination

13/4/18

Syria

No to the bombing of Syria!

11/4/18

Poland

Poland: huge demos against right wing government's abortion ban

11/4/18

Kshama Sawant

Defend socialist councillor Kshama Sawant against lawsuits

11/4/18

Ireland

Ireland: March against misogyny and injustice

11/4/18

Hong Kong

Workers' protests against state repression in China and Hong Kong

10/4/18

Syria

No to bombing Syria

4/4/18

Gaza

Gaza - protest is not terrorism!

4/4/18

Catalonia

Catalonia: new Francoist coup - general strike now!

28/3/18

USA

USA: Huge 'march for our lives' protests

28/3/18

France

France: Pressure mounts on Macron government

28/3/18

Russia

Russia's predictable presidential election

21/3/18

Brazil

Brazil: Psol councillor Marielle Franco murdered

21/3/18

US

US school shootings: student walkouts challenge establishment

21/3/18

US

West Virginia teachers' strike victory

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999