Kazakhstan president intends to allow peaceful demonstrations

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View of Kazakhstan's Akorda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, 10 June 2019.

Kazakhstan president intends to allow peaceful demonstrations


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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan — The newly inaugurated president of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, said that a new law would be drafted that would allow for peaceful political protests to occur in public places.

“A new law will be created. People who want to stage a demonstration, to express an opinion, will have to address the relevant authorities. A specially designated place where they can gather will be demarcated,” Tokayev told Euronews in an interview while adding, “The Prosecutor General’s Office repeatedly warned about the illegality of unauthorised street protests. Unsanctioned rallies disturb people who otherwise do not want to participate in actions of this sort.”

According to Tokayev, in the future when holding rallies, processions, pickets, or demonstrations, the organisers and participants of the events must observe public order and are prohibited from obstructing traffic and pedestrians, disturb public infrastructure, carry weapons, or interfere with the activities of state bodies.

 

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