Kazakh Oppositionists Enter Sixth Day Of Hunger Strike
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Bolat Abilov preparing to vote in Kazakhstan's December 4 presidential election (RFE/RL)
March 6, 2006 -- Two opposition activists in Kazakhstan today entered the sixth day of their hunger strike to protest their jailing for holding an unauthorized demonstration.
Bulat Abilov, co-chairman of the unregistered Naghyz Ak Zhol party, and Petr Svoik of the unregistered Algha (forward) party declared their fast after being jailed for holding a rally on February 26 in memory of slain opposition leader Altynbek Sarsenbaev.
Sarsenbaev was found shot dead outside Almaty on February 13 along with his driver and bodyguard. Police have arrested the Senate's administrative chief Yerzhan Utembaev and five security officers for the killings.
Twelve opposition activists were jailed for five to 15 days for their part in the unauthorized rally. Two of them reportedly have joined Abilov and Svoik in the hunger strike.