ZHANAOZEN, Kazakhstan -- Another of the six women on hunger strike over a lack of state housing in a western Kazakh town has been hospitalized, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.
Gulaiym Topaeva was taken to the hospital early today with heart problems. Serik Kazhikanov, a relative, told RFE/RL that Topaeva is in a cardiology center in Zhanaozen.
On January 24, hunger striker Tamara Erghazieva was taken to the hospital after feeling unwell.
Another hunger striker, Damesh Sargulova, told RFE/RL that the four remaining protesting women are continuing their hunger strike, which is taking place in Topaeva's apartment.
The women are demanding that people who have been waiting a long time for state housing be given places to live and that at least one member of their families should be offered employment at a local branch of the KazMunaiGaz energy company.
The strikers told RFE/RL that no government official has met with them since they stopped eating nearly a week ago. Read in Kazakh here