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Dozens of anti-government protesters were arrested in Kazakhstan

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Kazakhstan police arrested dozens of opposition supporters who took part in anti-government protests on Saturday.

Demonstrations have escalated since President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned in March after spending nearly three decades in power. Nazarbayev nominated his close ally, Kassym Jomart Tokayev, to succeed him, ensuring that he would win a subsequent early election.

Tokayev promised a more liberal approach to the opposition, easing restrictions on organizing protests and forming political parties. But some opposition activists have described the proposed reforms as cosmetic.

The protesters, who gathered in the capital, Nur Sultan, on Saturday held banners reading “Why do people in Kazakhstan live in poverty?” And demanded the release of political prisoners in the oil-rich country.

Opposition supporters gathered in the city of Alma Ata, the largest city in Kazakhstan, in large numbers to demonstrate in the city center square and raised similar demands.

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