December 16th, 2011 will figure in history not only as the 20th anniversary of independent Kazakhstan, but as a beginning of tragic events which took place in Zhanaozen, a small city located in the west of the country.
This is the commentary by Dosym Satpaev, a political analyst, on what could trigger the disturbance.
‘Don’t shoot at your people!’
According to Satpaev, it is neither the USA, Turkey nor Russia which stand behind the protest action. It is an inner conflict and a result of a ‘steaming boiler’ which had been boiling for so long that it finally exploded.
Government pretended that nothing was happening and thought that appearing problems could be solved by just firing or threatening people. Two thousand workers were discharged and as a result, people came out on the streets. Only after several people were killed, authorities began neutralizing reasons of dissatisfaction.