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DOSSOR, Kazakhstan -- Hundreds of protesters blocked the rail tracks today in the western Kazakh town of Dossor to demand the removal of 16 freight cars loaded with sulfur, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

The demonstrators say the sulfur-filled railroad cars have been standing in the town for several days and have caused many residents to fall ill.

The protesters are also demanding that local authorities scrap their plan to build a sulfur-processing facility in the town.

Qinymghali Qaimenov, governor of the Makat district where the town is located, told RFE/RL he has no idea who owns the sulfur in the freight cars.

Local authorities have pledged that the freight cars will be removed soon.

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