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TNE230001 Jun 2019 4:58 p.m. PST

This man held up a blank sign to highlight the hypocrisy of his country's free speech and expression laws—he was arrested in minutes.


Waco Joe01 Jun 2019 5:31 p.m. PST

"Show me the man and I will show you the crime"

Dn Jackson01 Jun 2019 8:58 p.m. PST

That, is an act of courage. Protesters in the west claim to be 'standing up to power' or risking their lives, but they know they'll be treated with kid gloves and released in a few hours. That young man could just 'disappear' and never be heard from again. My hat's off to him.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2019 7:57 a.m. PST

I guess the media is the message.

I wonder if we know the whole story, or just the interesting part. I wonder if he'll be okay. I wonder if it will do any good. Best wishes…

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2019 8:18 a.m. PST

I googled around and it turns out he was not arrested for holding up a blank sign.

Mr. Sagutdinov ran afoul of the law by making the political statement that "there is no democracy and free speech in Kazakhstan" in a public place.

So that makes sense, then. Another irony-free arrest.

Lots of interesting context here:


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