KAZAKH OPPOSITION ACTIVISTS WRITE LETTER TO NAZARBAYEV
Almaty. May 22. Interfax-Kazakhstan - Kazakh opposition and public figures intend to hold a number of events on May 31, the Day of Memory of Victims of Political Repression.
"An event is planned where people can freely come and give tribute to the memory of the victims of those tragic political events," public figure Zhasaral Kuanyshalin told a press conference in Almaty on Tuesday.
Among the people taking part in this event will be Serikbolsyn Abdildin, former leader of Kazakhstan's Communist Party, Amirbek Togusov, chairman of the Almaty branch of the opposition party Azat. Marianna Gurina, the head of the human rights foundation Ulagaty, etc.
The initiators of the event have also issued an address to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev asking him to stop the prosecution of Serik Sapargali, leader of the unregistered party Alga, and the oil workers of Zhanaozen.
"We, members of the general public, are asking you [...] to put an end to these violations of the law and unlawful actions by the authorities - the police, the State Security Committee, the investigators, the prosecutors, and courts - which have been going on for several months now, and exercise your influence to release the innocently suffering oil workers and opposition activists," the draft address, which was circulated at the press conference, says.