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The brutal pacification by the Kazakh authorities of a strike by oil workers resulted in at least 17 workers’ deaths and dozens were injured. The tragedy has become a turning point in the modern history of Kazakhstan. 

The aftermath of the 2011 Zhanaozen strike saw the introduction of a state of emergency, mass arrests and numerous acts of repression against political oppositionists.

In order to commemorate the tragedy, the zhanaozen.eu website was launched.