8 Some Days After The Kazakh Oil Strike

Some Days After The Kazakh Oil Strike


Let us discuss the clash that occurred between striking oil workers and government forces in a town in western Kazakhstan in the result of which many innocent people were killed.

On December 25 Prime Minister of Kazakhstan invited bloggers from Almaty and Astana to visit the Kazakh city of Zhanaozen to check the rumors that had spread following tragic events of December 16 2011.

People were very concerned about the commercial they saw in the net where policemen shot at the coming crowd. Authorities say that only part of the video was shown in the net while another part where the crowd burns buildings is intentionally concealed. You may be dissatisfied with policemen’s behaviour but if your houses are robbed and burnt it is the police department you will go to.

Now entry to the town is restricted. There are additional internal military forces  in the streets. A curfew has been announced up to January 5.

These buildings burnt till ashes. Local authority buildings were primary targets of the crowd.

Personnel worried about their lives too much and had to jump out of the windows.

Today the burnt buildings are being actively restored.

Aruana Hotel was destroyed as well. That was the place where members of different commissions who failed to solve the problems of the people on strike were accommodated.

Somebody has decorated the building for the coming New Year.

KazMunaiGas company management admits that there was lack of dialogue between them and common workers. They plan to create new working places in the same region instead of sending people to other parts of the country. BTA bank administration states that only guards were present at the bank that day. 25 people stormed in paying no attention to the cautionary shots of the security.

They broke windows, stole money from automated banking machines. The guards were lucky to leave the place through the basement. Otherwise they would be killed. They failed to reach the main safe deposit. The bank employees are still counting their losses.

All the people were in masks and did not show their faces. Besides, all the cameras were broken.

Bloggers were told about massive burning of corpses. The information was not true as there is no crematorium in the town and local morgue is too small for that. According to official data, 16 people were dead in the result of the event.

The owner of the shop complains that he had saved money to buy goods for the New Year and all the goods were burnt.

The shop was the only source of income for the owner and his family. Now they need to restore the shop fast as they have money only for a month.

Bloggers are advised to leave the town before it is dark.

Authorities are now occupying the sports complex.

There is no difference in prices set in Zhanaozen and other towns of Kazakhstan.

Local inhabitants say that people on strike who suffered from policemen are in hospital now.

85% of patients got injuries in the result of the fire-fight.

Some people were arrested in spite of the fact they didn’t participate in the strike. They got a rupture of the urinary bladder and had to undergo an operation.

The hospital has all the necessary medications that had been there before the events.

19 people are arrested by now.

Authorities can not find people who made videos of those on strike and are witnesses of the crime. Both reporters and people who took photos staying in their flats are missing.

It all began after tents were mounted on December 15. Oil workers did not like the idea. Next day those on strike tried to stop demonstration of students and schoolchildren. They burnt buses, Christmas tree, set on fire the hotel and other buildings and injured people who were just passing by.

There is a version that oil workers who hadn’t had any job for 7 months could not start the strike. Many say that they did not think of it in spite of their distressful situation until some men in black jackets called provocators appeared among oil workers and brought vodka with them. The men can be seen on the video but they are not there among the dead, injured and patients of hospitals.

via voxpopuli

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8 Responses to “Some Days After The Kazakh Oil Strike”

  1. Viktor says:

    I am the first!
    FInally!

  2. OldBikr says:

    This reminds me of the strikes in the US at the coal mines. At one point one of those strikes turned into an actual armed conflict between the miners and the mining company officials. These happened in my Grand Dad’s time. To this day archeology students from a local university are still finding the evidence of the coal company’s thugs using Browning machine guns against the striking miners.

    • OldBikr says:

      I am referring to a strike that happened in West Virginia. Energy production laborers have been getting the short end of it for a very long time. This is true here in this article as it is all over the World.

  3. Daniel says:

    “Workers of the world, arise”.

    • OldBikr says:

      Multi-National corporate ruling types are the current problem. This has been true for a long time, just because the Kings and Queens are thrown down does not mean that those who helped put them in power have gone anywhere.

  4. Hey says:

    The commentary in this blog is terribly inaccurate and vague.

    I dont understand at all what has happened or who by.

    • geoff says:

      I have an inaccurate and vague understanding of a workers strike and strike breakers ?? Maybe ?? or striking workers fighting company men ?? Maybe or…….

      • geoff says:

        But really at this stage the details are of no use. People have been killed and their families lives are changed forever.

        Frustration causes anger then violence which brings retaliation, then the cycle starts again.

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