Update 12:35 GMT: Kazakh mass media is reporting that state
forces opened fire on peaceful protesters, strikers and their
supporters. CWI Kazakhstan reporters are saying that a general strike is
developing across Kazakhstan.
Update: 12:13 GMT: CWI Kazakhstan reporters on the ground are
saying that hundreds are rallying in support of the oil workers in
Aktau. In Zhanaozen, the oil production has been completely
stopped.Workers from other oil companies have gone on strike in
solidarity. Workers in all of the oil companies and companies
related to oil production have gone on strike.
Update 11:42 GMT: CWI Kazakhstan reporters on the ground say up
to 70 workers have now been shot dead. All social media and mass media
has been blocked by the Nazarbayev regime. 1500 marines have now entered
Zhanaozen. People are rallying in the main square.
Today, at Kazakhstan’s independence day, more than 3000 people assembled
peacefully in Zhanaozen, to promote the demands of the oil workers who
have been on strike since May. Police and special forces attacked the
meeting and opened fire on the strikers and their families. By around 10
a.m., London time, 50 had already been killed, with at least 500 more
wounded. Administrative buildings and the christmas tree in the center
square have been set on fire. One of the buildings of the oil company,
Uzenmunaigaz, was blown up. An information blockade has been set up, the
CWI Kazakhstan website was blocked. At around 10:15 London time reports
of tanks and military forces approaching from the city of Aktau.