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Wounded Kazakh Oil Worker Describes Being Shot During Protests


In an interview with RFE/RL's Kazakh Service, a former oil worker in troubled western Kazakhstan, Nurlybek Nurgalyev, talks about being wounded after police and security forces fired on striking oil workers in the city of Zhanaozen.

Clashes between police and out-of-work laborers left at least 16 people dead and around 100 wounded. The violence erupted on December 16 in the oil-rich western province of Manghystau following months of tension.

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