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Kazakhs Continue Land Confiscation Protest

Several women and their children are continuing a demonstration against the confiscation of their property by the Kazakh government.

The protesters have again gathered in front of the government's building in Astana, on July 24, a day after their demand to meet with presidential office chief Nurlan Nyghmatulin was rejected.

The protesters first gathered in front of the government building on July 23, intending to spend the night there to observe the Islamic Night of Revelation, or Laylat al-Qadr, in protest.

At around midnight, police detained them and kept them at a police station until 3 a.m.

The protesters say local authorities routinely confiscate land from people and justify the move by citing "state necessity," giving little or no compensation.

They said that often the confiscated land is used to build private homes for authorities or businessmen.