Striking oil workers in Mangystau Province, Kazakhstan, were gunned down by the police just 60 miles from the Caspian Sea, according to the WSWS. Government officials place the death toll at 13, but others claim that over 70 workers were slaughtered, with 800 being wounded in the attack. There were also 70 arrests, including several journalists.
Oil workers have been on strike in Mangystau, the country’s main oil-producing region, since May, 2011. They are demanding their bosses comply with previous agreements to raise their wages. There have been as many as 18,000 workers on strike since June. They have been subjected to death threats and assassinations, vandalism, censored internet access, bans on strikes and street protests.