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Clashes Erupt Outside Astana Mall

The Kazakh National Guard has dispersed hundreds of people involved in clashes near a mall in the capital, Astana.

Authorities said the violence erupted on June 17 when the Artyom Trade Center's security personnel prevented an unemployed 30-year-old handicapped woman from begging inside or outside the building. ()

Police said 18 people were detained.

No casualties were reported.

The beggar, whose name was not disclosed, filed a complaint against the trade center, accusing its employees of abuse of authority.

The trade center's security personnel also filed a complaint against "hooligans."

Based on reporting by and Tengrinews