The News-Times

After unrest, relatives await detainees’ release


With about 12,000 people arrested after anti-government protests in Kazakhstan last week, friends and relatives of those held by police waited outside a jail Wednesday, hoping to learn their fate. Some even went to morgues to see if a loved one was among the scores killed in the unpreceden­ted violence in the Central Asian nation.

Authoritie­s have refused to allow relatives or lawyers to see those in custody, giving little informatio­n about them, according to human rights activists.

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