[Marxism] Sting support oil workers in Kazakhstan

Glenn Kissack gkissack at nyc.rr.com
Wed Jul 6 20:25:10 MDT 2011

JULY 5, 2011, 1:30 PM
Sting Cancels Concert in Kazakhstan After Crackdown on Strikers

Sting has thrown his support behind striking oil workers in Kazakhstan, abruptly canceling his concert that was scheduled for July 4 in the capital, Astana, after he learned of a government crackdown on the strikers.
“Hunger strikes, imprisoned workers and tens of thousands on strike represents a virtual picket line which I have no intention of crossing,” Sting, the 59-year-old British rocker, said in an online statement. Several thousand workers who work for a subsidiary of the state oil company went on strike May 26, complaining that their salaries had been cut and their lawyer imprisoned. The strike is only one conflict in a wave of labor unrest racking western Kazakhstan, crimping oil production in the former Soviet republic and angering the government of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who rarely tolerates dissent.

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