Kazakhstan’s land reform protests

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36163103

Over the past few days, protests against changes to the country’s Land Code have spread across the country.

First, people in the city of Atyrau in western Kazakhstan took to the streets. Then, demonstrations occurred in Aktobe in the north and in Semey in the east.

Some observers estimate that between 1,000 and 2,000 people gathered in each city, which is quite serious for Kazakhstan where no dissent is tolerated.

People are angry at the changes in the law that allow foreigners to rent agricultural land in Kazakhstan for 25 years.

This law, which was approved in November but will come into effect on 1 July, also enables land to be sold or leased at auctions.

The law fuels one of the protesters’ biggest fears – that Chinese investors will come and buy out their land.

It’s an emotive subject. One protester at the demonstration in Aktobe on 27 April shouted: “We can’t give land to the Chinese. If they come then they won’t leave!”

Many fear that Kazakhstan, with a population of 17m, will lose out to its bigger neighbour.

At the Aktobe rally, one protester said: “After 25 years, they will stay for 65. After 65 their descendants will take Kazakhstan’s citizenship and our descendants will be their slaves.”

China shares a lengthy border with Kazakhstan and has been heavily investing in its energy sector and infrastructure.

In some ways, the legal amendments seem quite progressive.

Current state management of the land has proven to be ineffective, and by allowing land to be sold and rented via auctions, the new legislation may in fact add some transparency to land purchases, stimulate innovations and attract badly needed investment in the agricultural sector.

The government says that the new changes in the law will let foreigners rent, not own, land.

“All speculations on this issue are groundless,” President Nursultan Nazarbayev stated earlier this week. “All provocateurs should be identified and punished according to the law”.

Furthermore, under existing legislation, foreigners are already allowed to rent agricultural land for 10 years – the changes will simply bring this up to 25 years.

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the land of borat is restless..

“People are angry at the changes in the law that allow foreigners to rent agricultural land in Kazakhstan for 25 years. This law, which was approved in November but will come into effect on 1 July, also enables land to be sold or leased at auctions. The law fuels one of the protesters’ biggest fears – that Chinese investors will come and buy out their land.”

scared of the chinese?

“We can’t give land to the Chinese. If they come then they won’t leave!”

401

~ by seeker401 on May 2, 2016.

5 Responses to “Kazakhstan’s land reform protests”

  1. Soros again?

    http://journal-neo.org/2016/04/25/eurasia-silk-road-economic-transformation/

    “Kazakhstan, whose President Nursultan Nazarbayev proposed the idea of a new Economic Silk Road in a 2013 meeting with Xi Jinping, has been a significant focus for China copper agreements and joint projects. Kazakhstan has high-grades of copper in the east-central part, similar to Africa’s famous Copperbelt. It’s also technically easy to exploit. China Development Bank has provided $4.2 billion in credit to KAZ Minerals, a major Kazakh mining company.”

    “On December 17, a group of Chinese companies visiting Kazakhstan signed a number of major agreements with the world’s largest uranium producer. CGN Mining, a listed subsidiary of China General Nuclear Power Corporation, took a minority stake in Kazakh uranium deposits, in a deal that includes construction of a

    *nuclear fuel assembly production plant*.

    The entire fuel supply will go to fuel China’s growing nuclear power construction to offset coal power.
    During the same talks in Kazakhstan, China’s CEFC Energy bought a 51% share in a subsidiary of Kazakh state oil and gas firm KazMunayGaz, which operates refineries and gas stations, as well as fertilizer plants, across Europe. And China National Chemical Engineering agreed to construct a natural gas-fueled chemical complex in Kazakhstan.

    This is but the first of what will ultimately be a market spanning the largest land expanse in the world, Eurasia, with the world’s largest population, educated manpower, world-class scientists and engineers and a desire to build, not to destroy. It’s heartening that such peaceful initiatives are growing. It damn sure beats the war agenda of Washington and NATO”

  2. http://www.tetratech.com/en/projects/usaid-kazakhstan-climate-change-mitigation-program

    http://en.soros.kz/press_center/press_releases/Towards_Civil_Society

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    what’s that?
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/08/26/statement-nsc-spokesperson-ned-price-international-atomic-energy-agency

    • In Prague in 2009, President Obama called for the development of an international fuel bank to ensure all countries could access peaceful nuclear power without increasing the risks of proliferation. In 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the American Assured Fuel Supply, a reserve stockpile of nuclear power reactor fuel material created by down-blending surplus highly enriched uranium from the U.S. weapons program. The American Assured Fuel Supply, along with similar programs by the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom, complement the IAEA’s LEU Bank and, taken together, give countries that are pursuing peaceful nuclear power programs a reliable supply of material for power reactor fuel in case of market disruptions. This helps reduce the incentives for countries to develop costly and concerning domestic programs to enrich uranium for their reactors.

  3. Reblogged this on UZA – people's courts, forums, & tribunals and commented:
    Give any law merchant legislation a finger and it will grab you, your land and resources; in peace

  4. food securities are most vital for the people of an empire. coming second behind the zionist war machine, one would need to keep up; otherwise during a world war the hungry die and are a definite loser in any war. just saying

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