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Dozens of protesters detained in Kazakhstan on election day

CA, 10 Jan 2021
A few dozen members and supporters of the Nationwide Social Democratic Party rallied at a square in Kazakhstan's biggest city Almaty on Sunday, shouting "Boycott!" and "Nazarbayev go away!" but were quickly surrounded by police who detained about 30 people.

The protest took place during the parliamentary election which Nur Otan party led by Kazakhstan's powerful ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev is set to sweep the election, as it has done for decades, with no major opposition groups running in the vote.

The Nationwide Social Democratic Party, the main opposition party in the Central Asian nation, is boycotting the vote. Another opposition movement, the Democratic Party, failed to secure official registration ahead of the vote.


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