Hundreds Arrested in Kazakhstan Election Protests
Police in Kazakhstan have arrested about 500 protesters marching against Sunday’s early presidential election that they call illegal.
Some protesters chanted “shame, shame, shame” as they were hauled away, urging police to ignore orders to arrest them and “come to the side of the people.”
One government report said three officers were hurt.
Exit polls in Kazakhstan show outgoing President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s hand-picked successor and interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, winning at least 70% of the vote, defeating six other government-approved candidates. Voter turnout was 77%.
Opposition supporters called for a boycott, saying Sunday’s election would be neither free nor fair. They call it an illegal and orchestrated transfer of power from one authoritarian leader to another.
Tokayev promised the election would be “open and transparent.”