According to a member of the Council for Interethnic Relations under the President of the Russian Federation Bogdan Bezpalko, the protests in Kazakhstan, which escalated into clashes with law enforcement agencies, represent poses a serious threat to the current government of the republic.
“Now protest activity has developed in 8 out of 17 regions, the southern regions are affected, this suggests that the protesters have serious intentions. Obviously, someone is behind this … Apparently, all this will entail serious consequences,” Bezpalko explained to RIA News.
The expert explained that the southern regions of Kazakhstan have always been apolitical and passive, but the fact that the protests began in them can really threaten the current government.
Recall that rallies are held in several cities of the country, including Zhanaozen, Aktau, Astana, Aktobe and Alma-Ata. In the Mangistau region, protesters are trying to storm the regional administration.
- Protest actions are taking place in several cities of the country, including Zhanaozen, Aktau, Astana, Aktobe and Alma-Ata. In Mangistau Oblast, protesters tried to storm the regional administration.
- The protests began after a two-fold increase in the cost of liquefied gas – from 60 to 120 tenge per liter.
- Trying to take control of the situation, the authorities announced, that prices would be reduced to 50 tenge, but the protests did not stop.
- In Mangistau region, local residents in off-road vehicles caught up with and blocked a military convoy in the steppe.
- In Astana, demonstrators are chanting “Old man, go away! “, Demanding that ex-President Nazarbayev leave politics.
- In the cities where protests are taking place, the Internet does not work: in particular, WhatsApp and Telegram are not available.
- President of Kazakhstan Tokayev in the background The protests will hold an urgent meeting on January 5.
- The Russian authorities have not yet commented on the situation in Kazakhstan.