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15 dead in Kazakh oil region riots: prosecutors

19 december 2011, 13:36
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Policemen on one of the streets of Zhanaozen  of  Mangistau region where clashes started. ©RIA NOVOSTI/Anatoliy Ustinenko
Policemen on one of the streets of Zhanaozen of Mangistau region where clashes started. ©RIA NOVOSTI/Anatoliy Ustinenko
Uzenmunaigas offices in Zhanaozen were set on fire during the clashes. ©RIA NOVOSTI/Anatoliy Ustinenko
Uzenmunaigas offices in Zhanaozen were set on fire during the clashes. ©RIA NOVOSTI/Anatoliy Ustinenko
Fifteen people have died in clashes in Kazakhstan's oil-rich Mangistau region, prosecutors said Sunday, AFP reports.

One person was killed and 11 wounded in fresh violence on Saturday when protesters blocking a passenger train set a locomotive on fire and then clashed with police in the village of Shetpe, General Prosecutor Nurdaulet Suindikov said in a statement.

Those riots followed violence in the city of Zhanaozen, in the same western region, on Friday when police and laid-off oil workers clashed during the country's independence day celebrations.

Prosecutors said Sunday 14 people died in Zhanaozen, updating the previous death toll of 13.

The unprecedented riots forced Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev to declare a 20-day state of emergency in Zhanaozen.

Authorities said Sunday they had the situation in both towns under control.

"The situation in Zhanaozen is gradually becoming normal," Suindikov said. "The situation in the village of Shetpe has stabilised."

On Saturday, a group in Shetpe, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the regional center Aktau, stopped a train with more than 360 passengers in a show of support for the protesters in Zhanaozen, prosecutors said.

Some 50 people ignored police calls to disperse, set the train on fire and proceeded to vandalise the village. "Police were forced to open fire," killing one person, a prosecutors' statement said.

On Friday, clashes with police broke out in Zhanaozen when people sporting oil workers' uniforms toppled a Christmas tree and sound equipment set up on the city's main square for Independence Day festivities. They wen on to crush cars and set buildings on fire.

Workers in Zhanaozen and other cities in the Mangistau region on the Caspian Sea have been on strike for months for higher wages.

Officials led by Nazarbayev dismissed the rioters as "hooligans," alleging they had been paid to destabilise the region and attack peaceful residents.

Some observers have charged the riots in Zhanaozen might have been instigated by the authorities themselves.

"It could be in the interests (of the authorities) because for seven months they have been irritated by people standing on the square and not leaving," the leader of opposition group Alga Vladimir Kozlov said in remarks broadcast on the opposition K-Plus television channel.

"They have tried everything short of poisoning people, but they are still striking," he said.

Kazakhstan was the last of 15 Soviet republics to declare its independence from the fading Soviet Union, on December 16, 1991.

Its vast energy reserves are hugely attractive for neighbouring energy-hungry China as well as for the West, which is keen to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian hydrocarbons.

Britain on Sunday expressed concern over the unrest, with Minister for Europe David Lidington calling for "a full and open investigation" into the clashes.

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