Conflict at press conference in Almaty

On July 22nd, at a press conference at the Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law in Almaty, a conflict developed between the organisers of the event and representatives of the mothers with many children who wanted to participate in the event, local media has reported.

The incident occurred because of the refusal by organisers to admit a group of mothers with many children to the previously announced event. 

After a verbal skirmish between both sides, a conflict arose, during which several of the aforementioned people became involved, and foreign and local journalists were also affected.

Two women were unfortunately injured and sought medical help. They and journalists who were present and felt aggrieved appealed to the Almaty police, who then began an immediate investigation into the circumstances of the incident.

The incident was initially reported as a provocation and a deliberate attack on journalists: however after the emotions subsided, the participants in the incident made public apologies to each other and to the media representatives, saying that there were no complaints and that mutual reconciliation was agreed.

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