A week of unrest in Kazakhstan: what is happening now

In the country from the beginning of the year, protests over prices began and then escalated into riots. Citizens fought with the security forces, smashed shop windows, smashed cars. The authorities believe that “terrorists” trained abroad are behind this

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Since the beginning of the year, protests have erupted in the Mangistau region of Kazakhstan due to the double price increase of fuel, later they escalated in pogroms and clashes with security officials in large cities.

Thus, in Alma-Ata, administration buildings, presidential residences, and the airport were seized. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced an attack on the city by 20 thousand armed bandits, including foreigners. There was no internet in the country. The authorities reported cases of looting.

Tokayev introduced a state of emergency in the republic and announced the start of an anti-terrorist operation. According to the authorities, as a result of the riots, 18 security officials were killed and hundreds were injured. The President declared January 10 a day of national mourning. More than 4.4 thousand people were detained. The day before, the head of state announced the restoration of order in the country, but the security forces continue to purge. The CSTO countries, including Russia, sent peacekeepers at Tokayev's request.

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