In order to preserve democracy…

by Nathan Hamm on 3/11/2005

From RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service: Kazakhstan might ban pre-election protests:

“We have to ban any mass gatherings and demonstrations as soon as the preelection campaign is over. You know that there are some political forces in our country who realize their weakness. They know that they have no supporters and have no chance to win. So they plan some kinds of revolutions of orange or other colors. We have to organize really fair elections and if we have fair elections, our people will trust us and never go out to the streets,” [lawmaker Serik] Abdrakhmanov said.

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