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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 October 2008

Kazakhstan: Shanyrak shanty town in revolt

ON 14 July, police attacked shanty town dwellers in the Shanyrak area of Alma-Ata city, in Kazakhstan. Residents bravely fought back and scores were injured.

The Alma-Ata City authorities want to destroy the homes of settlers who built living quarters on the outskirts of the city. The authorities want to build 'entertainment complexes' and elite flats for Kazakhstan's 'new rich' on the land.

The latest police operation follows similar action against Shanyrak residents in April. Then, and again last week, local residents courageously resisted the police for hours. Socialist Resistance (CWI) supporters supported the residents.

The Shanyrak residents need international support. Please send protests to the Mayor of Alma-Ata, demanding:

Email protests, via the Akim's (Mayor's) website: www.almaty.kz (email: mayor@almaty.kz.)

Please send copies to: socialism-rk@mail.ru.

And: ainur1917@yandex.ru. (They will be translated into Kazhak, and distributed to the Shanyrak residents)

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In The Socialist 30 October 2008:


War and occupation

Stop the carnage

Lebanon: Israel's air war threatens regional war


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Fighting for the future of the NHS

Hundreds march to stop Labour's 'leeches'

West Mids march builds links

No to cuts, no to privatisation

Activists organise for action

What the Socialist Party says


Socialist Party campaigns

Low pay, no way!

Police not to face charges

Arrested on suspicion

Bury campaign SOCs it to the council


International socialist news and analysis

Anger in St Petersburg as the 'Big Eight' arrive

Kazakhstan: Shanyrak shanty town in revolt


Scottish Socialist Party

Serious crisis for Scottish Socialist Party


Campaign for a New Workers Party

Sea of sleaze rises around Blair

RMT rejects move back to New Labour...

Can the Left reclaim Labour?

Gordon Brown steps up attacks on the public sector

New Labour's attack on the sick and disabled


 

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