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Kazakh Officials Detain Suspect In Oil Worker's Killing


Thousands of workers are demanding a wage increase, equal rights with foreign workers, and the lifting of restrictions on the activities of independent labor unions in the region.

Thousands of workers are demanding a wage increase, equal rights with foreign workers, and the lifting of restrictions on the activities of independent labor unions in the region.

AQTAU, Kazakhstan -- Police in western Kazakhstan say they have arrested a suspect in the killing of a striking oil worker, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reports.

The suspect, whose arrest was announced on November 1, was not identified.

Zhaqsylyq Turbaev, 28, was found dead with wounds on his body in the town of Zhanaozen, in the Manghystau region, on August 3. He was an employee of the OzenMunaiGaz oil an gas company.

Thousands of workers at the Qarazhanbasmunai and OzenMunaiGaz companies in Manghystau have been on strike since May.

They are demanding a wage increase, equal rights with foreign workers, and the lifting of restrictions on the activities of independent labor unions in the region.

The striking oil workers are convinced Turbaev's killing was related to the strike.

In August, Zhansaule Qarabalaeva, the daughter of strike activist Qudaibergen Qarabalaev, was found dead on the outskirts of Zhanaozen.

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