Kazakh Activists Jailed For Demanding Release Of Political Prisoners

A court in Almaty, the largest city of Kazakhstan sentenced eight activists to 20 days in jail over their participation in a rally demanding the immediate release of political prisoners in the Central Asian nation.

The convicted social activists are Aigerim Tileuzhan, Alina Bermenqul, Bauyrzhan Atinbaev, Beken Beisalieva, Qonai Abdiev, and Doszhan Quanysh.

Two other activists Ravqat Mukhtarov and Maira Ghabdullina were also each handed 15 days in jail.

“Three more activists, Bulbul Berdiqozhanova, Esenbai Khodzhiev, and Bayan Shyrynbekova were each fined 91,890 tenges ($205),” the outlet added.

The activists were detained recently when they joined dozens of other protesters in Almaty, asking the government to release hundreds of men and women who were arrested during and after deadly anti-government protests in early January.

The protests started from Kazakhstan’s western region of Manghystau over abrupt gas-price hikes and immediately turned violent with unprecedented demonstrations across the country.

Kazakhstan authorities said that at least 230 people, including 19 law enforcement officers, have lost their lives during the unrest. Kazakhstan police also detained thousands of protestors in connection to direct assault on the security forces.

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