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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rare Kazakh Protest

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (x) -- About 300 people staged a rare protest Sunday against Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his government's economic policies.


The protesters, mainly pensioners and communists, were angered by a backlog of unpaid wages and pensions. They demanded restoration of the Soviet Union during the demonstration in the capital, Almaty.


Traditional Soviet songs rang out of a makeshift loud speaker, and some people waved red Soviet flags. Others carried banners declaring "The president must be sacked," and "Nazarbayev, your reforms are a noose around our necks."


An elderly woman screamed: "We had guaranteed food, clothes and work in Soviet times, but we have nothing today."