Internal Affairs Ministry issues statement on detention of group of individuals in Astana
ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Igor Lepekha, Chairman of the Administrative Police Committee of the Internal Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, has made a statement on detention of a group of individuals who tried to organize an unauthorized rally today.
"As you know a group of individuals submitted an application to hold a rally near the Baiterek monument in Astana. The city administration denied the application to hold the rally. Thus, today's rally was unpermitted. After the city administration's denial, local authorities, police and Prosecutor General's Office reached out to residents of the city to explain that the rally is unsactioned," Mr. Lepekha said.
According to him, despite the denial to hold the rally, a group of individuals continued to push for it.
"Based on the posts in social media, the issue of land was the last thing these people were concerned about. They raised other questions. We suspected that the rally would dissolve into a conflict situation," the Chairman of the Administrative Police Committee of the Internal Affairs Ministry noted.
"For this reason, the Internal Affairs Ministry assumed measures in line with the law in order to prevent disturbance of public peace," he added.
In conclusion, Mr. Lepekha said that the situation is being analyzed and the ministry will provide additional details later.
Internal Affairs Ministry calls detention of journalists in Astana an "unfortunate misunderstanding"
ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Chairman of the Administrative Police Committee of the Internal Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Kazakhstan Igor Lepekha dismissed the detention of journalists in Astana today as an ‘unfortunate misunderstanding'.
"Today a group of individuals tried to organize and hold an unsanctioned rally. As a result, they were briefly detained by local police and freed immediately," Mr. Lepekha said at a press briefing on Saturday, adding that detention of reporters among those people was probably the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding.
"The rally was unsanctioned. The police tried to explain it. But people were told that the rally was authorized," he said.
At the press briefing Mr. Lepekha revealed that a group of individuals were detained in Astana on Saturday for an attempt to hold the unsanctioned rally near the Baiterek monument. The Internal Affairs Ministry assumed measures in line with the law in order to prevent disturbance of public peace.
About 40 held administratively liable in Kazakhstan for organization of illegal actions
ASTANA. KAZINFORM - About 40 people have been held administratively liable in Kazakhstan for organization and planning of illegal actions and rallies, member of the Land Reform Commission and deputy Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan Andrey Kravchenko announced on Saturday.
"To date, about 40 people have been held administratively liable. I would like to point out that we are talking about this exact number, not 400-500 people. It has been confirmed that these people wanted to organize illegal actions on May 21," Mr. Kravchenko revealed at the 2nd session of the Land Reform Commission at the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
According to him, ‘these people continued to push for a rally, although they had not been granted a permit for it'.
"Basically, they call for a rally via social media, spread leaflets and called on people to violate the law," he added.