Sat, 24 Apr 2021

People have taken to the streets in cities and town across Kazakhstan to press for democratic reforms.

Police were reported to have detained dozens of people at the rallies on February 28, nearly all of which were not officially sanctioned by authorities.

The ruling Nur Otan party has dominated the political scene in Kazakhstan for almost three decades while opposition movements, sidelined and with no seats in parliament, mostly make themselves heard through public protests.

Rallies were held in several cities including the capital, Nur-Sultan; Almaty, the country's biggest city; as well as Atyrau, Aqtobe, Semey, Oral, and Shymkent.

Several hundred people gathered in Oral, which was the only demonstration permitted by authorities.

WATCH: Police detained protesters in Aqtobe, while a rally in Oral that had been sanctioned by local authorities took place without detentions.

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