Protests at 20th anniversary independence event
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Clashes in oil strike town in Kazakhstan

At least 10 people have been killed as striking oil workers clashed with government forces in a town in western Kazakhstan, officials have said.

The clashes occurred when police tried to clear the town square, occupied by the workers for more than six months in a dispute over better pay.

The trouble flared as Kazakhstan marked the 20th anniversary of independence from the Soviet Union. The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie reports.

  • 17 Dec 2011
  • From the section Asia