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Kazakhstan curfew on Zhanaozen after fatal clashes

A state of emergency has been declared in the western Kazakh town of Zhanaozen a day after clashes between strikers and police left at least 11 dead.

Strikes and protests are banned, a night-time curfew introduced and movement restricted for 20 days.

Clashes began on Friday as police tried to clear the town square, occupied by oil workers for more than six months in a dispute over better pay.

Rayhan Demytrie reports.

  • 17 Dec 2011
  • From the section Asia