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Kazakhstan asks UN to help investigate deadly clashes

Kazakhstan has asked the UN to help investigate violence that left 16 dead in an oil town last week.

Clashes between striking workers and police in the western town of Zhanaozen last Friday led the government to declare a state of emergency.

The authorities promise a transparent inquiry into the worst violence in the Central Asian country's recent history.

A video posted on YouTube appears to show riot police shooting at protesters and then kicking and beating some of those injured.

Rayhan Demytrie reports.

  • 22 Dec 2011
  • From the section Asia