Nazarbayev prolongs state of emergency in Zhanaozen until later this month
President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan has prolonged until the end of January the state of emergency in Zhanaozen, where mass-scale unrest flared up in December.
16 people died, while more than 100 others were injured in clashes with police in the city of Zhanaozen, and also at the village of Shetpe on the 16th and 17th of last month.
In Zhanaozen, the local oilmen’s riots were triggered by wage arrears.
The local administration building, hotels and the Ozenmunaygaz Company offices were burnt, while ATMs, shops and banks were ransacked.