Kazakhstan

Protests in Kazakhstan: 5 clues to understand what’s going on

7 January, 2022 · Kazakhstan

Army troops join the crackdown on protests in Kazakhstan last Wednesday.
Army troops join the crackdown on protests in Kazakhstan last Wednesday.

The crackdown on protests in Kazakhstan has become internationalized: Russian paratroopers and Armenian, Tajik and Kyrgyz troops under CSTO mandate have entered the country to tackle demonstrators. Russian agencies speak of a joint action to confront “terrorists” and “bandits”, American ones of an attempt by Putin to “expand his influence”. Both render invisible the reality: from last Sunday to today, the Kazakh state has collapsed in the face of a mass strike that spread throughout the country, but which nevertheless is far from the level of workers’ self-organization that we have seen in Iran.

Strikes return to Zhanaozen ten years after the massacre

21 July, 2021 · Kazakhstan

Striking workers camped in yurts in Zhanaozen
Striking workers camped in yurts in Zhanaozen

Right now there are workers from half a dozen companies camped out in permanent and open assembly, incorporating workers from sectors that remain in apparent normality. Everything points to the fact that we may be in the first moments of a mass strike, spontaneously self-organized and centralized in an open assembly of workers at Zhanaozen.