In the article, former President Narsultan Nazarbayev writes praising the country Kjell Magne Bondevik, chairman of the Oslo-based board and former prime minister of the KrF. Our country, Also published by Chronicles.
At the same time, under the auspices of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Norway, he participated in the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the country’s independence. The selection was organized as a webinar.
– The article was part of a task that included a webinar, for which I received a modest fee. For me, saying and writing what I want is always a prerequisite, and there are no guidelines for what I should present, ”Bondevic tells the newspaper.
Praised the dictatorial leader
In a post published in Vårt Land in June 2021, Bondevik praised the country and its former president and authoritarian leader, Narsultan Nazarbaye:
“During one of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, at the beginning of my tenure as Prime Minister, I was invited to a meeting with the then and longtime President of the country, Narsultan Nazarbayev.
“The country is concerned with stability to maintain security and peace in the region and in the wider context.”
The article was also used as an advertisement when creating a newspaper to pay tribute to the country and its leaders in connection with the celebration of the Kazakh Embassy in Norway this fall. However, Pandivik regrets saying yes to the article used in the PR magazine.
– I was later informed that it would be desirable for the newspaper article to be included in the advertising link as well. I did not protest at the time, I should have done it because it was an unfortunate combination of freedom of speech and publicity. “I did not pay any extra for it,” he said.
8000 people were arrested
Last week, however, a completely different situation emerged in Kazakhstan than described in the Pontevik article.
In the first week of January, there were major riots and demonstrations in the country
The country’s health ministry says 164 people have been killed and more than 2,000 injured. About 8,000 people have been arrested. The police who arrested hundreds of protesters were arrested by the truck, held the rally on Friday.
Dictatorship President Kazim-Jomar Tokayev says the protests and riots in Kazakhstan are a coup attempt.
– Armed militants waiting on the sidelines took part in the protests. The main purpose is obvious: to undermine constitutional order, destroy state institutions and seize power. Tokayev says this is a conspiracy attempt.
Before the weekend, the president ordered the country’s security forces to “shoot without warning” and “eliminate” those who did not surrender.
On Monday, he stressed that the country’s security forces would “never open fire” on peaceful protesters.
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