Sting cancelled a concert he was due to give in Kazakhstans capital Astana on Monday, blaming violations of the human rights of striking oil workers in the ex-Soviet state. Sting said in a statement published on his website that he cancelled the concert, part of his Symphonicity world tour, after campaign group Amnesty International told him of repressions against oil and gas workers.
“Hunger strikes, imprisoned workers and tens of thousands on strike represents a virtual picket line which I have no intention of crossing,” Sting was quoted as saying in the statement late Sunday. However, Sting has been criticised for giving a concert in Tashkent in 2009 organised by the daughter of Uzbek President Islam Karimov, criticised for human rights abuses.
At the same time however, Sting was present at a private event with Chris Botti in Batumi, Georgia…
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