The President of Kazakhstan declared a state of emergency in Almaty and Mangystau region

The President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, in connection with large-scale street protests, has introduced a state of emergency in Almaty and Mangistau region: it will be in effect for two weeks.

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” In connection with the aggravation of the situation in order to ensure public safety, restore law and order, protect the rights and freedoms of citizens, Head of State Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev signed decrees on the introduction of a state of emergency in the Mangistau region and the city Almaty from January 5, from 01:30 am for a period up to 00:00 hours on January 19, 2022, “the government said.

Large-scale protests are taking place in Kazakhstan due to a sharp rise in gas prices: in a number of cities, actions escalate into riots and clashes with security officials.

About 1000 gathered at Republic Square in Almaty Human. The crowd beat up one police officer, Sputnik Kazakhstan correspondent reports from the scene.

The protesters also smashed several police cars parked in the square. The protests in the city do not subside: protesters throw stones at law enforcement officers.


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