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Pope calls for dialogue, justice to end unrest in Kazakhstan

“I have
learned with sorrow that there have been victims during the protests that have
broken out in recent days in Kazakhstan,” the pope told hundreds of people
in St Peter’s Square for his noon blessing and address.

“I pray
for them and for their families, and I hope that social harmony will be
restored as soon as possible through the search for dialogue, justice and the
common good,” the pope said.

Kazakhstan
authorities said on Sunday they had stabilised the situation across the country
after the deadliest outbreak of violence in 30 years of independence, and
troops from a Russian-led military alliance were guarding “strategic
facilities”.

Russia’s
Sputnik news agency cited Kazakhstan’s Health Ministry as saying a total of 164
people, including two children, were killed in Kazakhstan over the last week.

Demonstrations
began a week ago against a fuel price rise before exploding into a wider
protest against the government.

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