SUPPORTERS OF ACTIVISTS ARRESTED FOR FOMENTING ZHANAOZEN STRIFE TO CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR RELEASE
Almaty. June 26. Interfax-Kazakhstan - The supporters of the opposition activists arrested for instigating a social discord in Zhanaozen (a city in Mangistau region) are preparing to campaign for their support and release.
Janaozen.net representative Inga Imanbai at a press conference on Tuesday in Almaty said that she and her colleagues will be wearing and distributing T-shirts calling for release of Rukh Pen Til youth movement leader and journalist, Zhanbolat Mamai, and Popular Front unregistered movement activist Bolat Atabaev.
She declined, however, to elaborate on details of other support campaigns fearing attempts to undermine and ruin the initiatives.
Executive director of Journalists in Distress, Rozlana Taukina, pledged her support to the campaigners. "The Foundation is very concerned about Mamai's arrest on social strife charges," she said at the news conference.
According to Taukina, the Foundation will also seek support of international human rights organizations, such as Reporters without Borders. "We will make joint statements and appeal to the president," she told Interfax-Kazakhstan.
Taukina added that the Journalists in Danger is writing a book and compiling a photo album to tell about Zhanaozen events from eyewitness perspective.