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12:55  13 june  2019
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Kazakhstan: Election day protests of vote bring 500 arrests

Kazakhstan: Election day protests of vote bring 500 arrests Police have detained about 500 people amid unauthorized protests of the presidential election in Kazakhstan. 

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev invited critics on Wednesday to join a new public council after days of protests over his election, while That was a reference to some opponents who staged small but creative protests in the run-up to the vote such as standing at a square with an empty

Kazakhstan 's police have detained around 500 people in the country's capital Nur-Sultan and the city of Almaty on Sunday, during protests against presidential vote . Nazarbayev stepped down on March 19 after almost 30 years in power and was replaced by Kassym-Jomart Tokayev who called early

Kazakhstan says almost 1,000 punished for vote protests© REUTERS/Pavel Mikheyev Law enforcement officers detain a man during an opposition rally held by critics of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who protest over his election in Almaty, Kazakhstan June 12, 2019. REUTERS/Pavel Mikheyev

Kazakhstan on Thursday said nearly 1,000 people have been handed jail terms or other penalties for taking part in protests over the presidential election in the ex-Soviet country.

The Kazakh prosecutor-general's office said 957 were found guilty of offences, 670 of whom were jailed while others were fined or given warnings.

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No Kazakh vote has ever been recognised as fully democratic by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which sent " Kazakh authorities routinely break up peaceful protests , forcibly round up participants and sanction them with warnings, fines, and short-term imprisonment

The protest said nothing and, at the same time, so much about Kazakhstan , where voters will on Only officially sanctioned protests are allowed and even these tend to end up with mass detentions. According to an opinion poll on the eve of the vote , Mr Tokayev is set to win 73% of the vote with Mr

The country saw some of the biggest protests of recent years during Sunday's vote and following the victory of a hand-picked successor to former strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.

The protesters were found guilty of taking part in in illegal demonstrations and disobeying police, the statement said.

Saparbek Nurpeisov, an official at the prosecutor-general's office was quoted as saying that protesters "succumbed to provocations, began demonstrations and started attacking law enforcement officers."

On Sunday, police arrested some 500 protesters in Almaty and the capital Nur-Sultan as demonstrators urged a boycott of what they said was a fixed election. Two AFP journalists were detained but later released.

On Monday, hundreds more were arrested at protests as Tokayev was inaugurated in polls that foreign monitors criticised for "voting irregularities."

The protesters had called for the cancellation of election results.

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