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Police In Kazakhstan Raid Youth Group Office

4 October 2005 -- Police raided the office of a pro-democracy youth group in the Kazakh city of Almaty today.

About a dozen police officers searched the office of Kahar (Hero) on suspicion of antigovernment activity.

Kahar leader Bakhytzhan Toregozhina said police told her the raid was prompted by complaints from several parents that she allegedly got their children involved in antigovernment activity and was rewarding them with money from abroad.

Toregozhina denied the allegations. Police officials refused to comment.

Kahar intends to field observers to monitor the 4 December presidential vote.

Meanwhile, the Kazakh election commission announced today it is considering 13 applications for the right to participate in the presidential vote.


See also:

RFE/RL Special: The Power Of Youth