I haven't had time to look into this but a friend has said:ALMATY, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Sacked workers of oil company KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMG EP) clashed with police on Friday in a town in western Kazakhstan on Friday, when the Central Asian country marks Independence day, prosecutors said.
A statement by Kazakhstan's prosecutor-general's office said two police officers had been injured during clashes in the town of Zhanaozen, and asked residents not to gather in public places.
The statement gave no figure for the protesters, but said that "mass disorders occurred today as a result of criminal actions of a group of people in the town of Zhanaozen of the Mangistau region".
Clashes in Kazakh town as independence day marked | Reuters
"In Zhanaozen, Kazakhstan 70 oil workers and local residents have been killed by police who fired on a mass meeting of 3,000 striking workers and their families. At least 500 injured. Many more arrested. City up in arms!"