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Kazakh Officials Reject Opposition Requests For May Day Rallies

ASTANA/ALMATY -- Authorities in Almaty and the Kazakh capital of Astana have refused to allow the People's Power political bloc to hold demonstrations on May 1, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

The People's Power bloc consists of the Kazakh Communist Party and the unregistered opposition Algha (Forward) party.

An Algha spokesperson told journalists today that although the gatherings were not sanctioned, People's Power will hold a protest rally in Algha's Almaty office on May 1, which is celebrated as the day of the worker in Kazakhstan.

On April 20, People's Power leaders announced their intention "to revive the tradition of May Day demonstrations on May 1."