Monday, May 16, 2016
Protests against land reform in Kazakhstan.
Anger over a land reform bill led to demonstrations across Kazakhstan in late April and early May. Protesters expressed concern that farmland would be given away to corrupt officials or to foreigners. On May 6, President Nursultan Nazarbayev backed down, removed officials associated with the reform and withdrew the legislation, pending a review. Although the protests did not represent a threat to the government, the response shows an aversion to confrontation at a time of economic and political uncertainty.