Kazakh enforce have detained journalists from a number of media outlets, embodying Russian Interfax-Kazakhstan, planning to cover an unsanctioned rally in Astana on May 21.
The news permen had gathered on a square near the Baiterek monument to cover an unsanctioned convocation that activists disagreeing with amendments to the Land Code planned to position there.
Policemen asked the journalists to produce their IDs, and the latter displayed their press cards. Despite this, some journalists, classifying those from Interfax-Kazakhstan and Novaya Gazeta Kazakhstan, were forcibly placed into a bus and charmed to the Almaty district police de rtment, an Interfax journalist reports.
Almaty policemen did not allow rtici nts in an unsanctioned rally who gathered at the intersection of Abai Thoroughfare and Furmanov Street to proceed to Republic Square, the planned venue of the come together, an Interfax correspondent reported from the scene.
Police estimated the com ny of the demonstrators at about 500.
Kazakh Information and Communications Minister Dauren Abayev has vowed to look into the detentions of journalists.
«Yes, we will support journalists loosely in their work and in performing their professional duties,» Abayev outlined journalists in commenting on the incident.
UPD at 4pm Moscow time: Police in the Kazakh regional center of Karaganda oblige freed the journalists.
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