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Kazakh Inmates Injure Themselves In Protest

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ASTANA -- Prison inmates in Kazakhstan's western city of Oral have injured themselves to protest their treatment.

Kazakhstan's Interior Ministry issued a statement on August 20 saying that 25 inmates inflicted injuries on their bodies after the prison's administration confiscated "prohibited items."

The statement did not specify what items had been confiscated, what kind of injuries were inflicted, or when the incident took place.

According to the statement, all the injured inmates were provided with medical assistance and they are in satisfactory condition.

For years, prisoners in Kazakhstan's penitentiaries have rioted to protest jail conditions.

Prison protests have intensified in the past three years after a video was posted on the Internet showing an inmate being beaten by a prison guard.

The video, posted in 2010, also caused a public outcry about the treatment of inmates in Kazakh prisons.

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