Kazakh Security Forces have cracked down on Anti-government protests in Nur-Sultan and Almaty.
The protests were organized by the Democratic Party and Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan condemned the detention of political prisoners and the influence of former President Nursultan Nazarbaev on the current government.
Kazakh authorities have warned that holding protests would be illegal because the organizers reportedly failed to observe required legal procedures.
Footage from the protests showed protesters being shoved by police as they chanted “Nazarbaev, go away,” and “freedom to political prisoners.”
According to Reuters, at least 50 were arrested in Almaty but there are no figures yet on how many in Nur-Sultan, Atyrau, Aqtobe, Semey, Oral, and Shymkent.
Amnesty International condemned the Kazakh government for banning the protests and accused them of taking advantage of the pandemic to silence citizens.
“The Kazakhstani authorities have shamelessly exploited the state of emergency that was called to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic to clamp down on voices of dissent,” said Amnesty.