Riot police officers detain a demonstrator during a protest against President Nursultan Nazarbayev's government and an unpopular land reform it has proposed, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, May 21, 2016. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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Oil-rich Kazakhstan Friday accused organizers of anti-government rallies last week of trying to overthrow the Central Asian country's government.Police had arrested dozens at May 21 rallies protesting against proposed land reforms in the largest city Almaty and several other cities in the ex-Soviet republic.Demonstrators earlier took to the streets of several provincial towns in April to denounce the land reforms which the government says are important to attract outside investment.
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