Source: TASR / AP
More than 500 people, including 130 women and the elderly, were injured in mass protests in the Kazakh city of Almaty, local police chief Kanat Tajmerden said on Wednesday.
The state of emergency has been extended to the whole territory of Kazakhstan, the TASS agency reported.
“Today, the city has faced further attacks by extremists and radicals. We are taking the necessary measures to protect the lives and safety of citizens. We call on those who have taken to the streets to break up. Our main goal is to prevent further escalation of tensions and radicalism. “ said Tajmerdenov for the Kazakh portal Tengrinews.kz.
Burning cars and delayed flights
According to Tajmerden, 120 riots, including 33 ambulances and fire trucks, were set on fire during riots that have been going on for several days, and about 120 business premises, 180 catering facilities and 100 office spaces have also been damaged.
The police chief therefore called on the residents to stay at home, not to panic and not to be provoked.
Among other things, the operation of several Kazakh airports is disrupted due to the riots. According to Russian radio station Echo Moscow, demonstrators in Alma-Ata also broke into the local airport on Wednesday, which caused problems with its operation. TASS reported the postponement of several flights to Kazakhstan. In addition to the airport in Alma-Ate, traffic is disrupted at the airports in the capital Nursultan or in Aktua.
High gas prices
Due to the continuing unrest in the country, they also declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, which applies throughout Kazakhstan. Until now, the state of emergency only applied in the Mangystau area.
Protests against high fuel prices – specifically liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – have been going on in Kazakhstan since the beginning of this year.
According to the demonstrators, the increase in LPG prices is unfair due to the fact that Kazakhstan is an exporter of gas and oil and has rich energy reserves, AFP approaches. The government argued that the abolition of the price cap was that the low price of LPG was unsustainable.
He fired him
Kazakh President Kasym-Zhomart Tokaev spoke to citizens for the second time since the start of mass protests in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. He said at the beginning of his second speech, which was broadcast on local television, that he was taking over the leadership of the Kazakh Security Council.
“As head of state and take away as chairman of the Security Council, I plan to intervene as hard as I can – I have a duty to protect the security and peace of our citizens.” Tokajev said.
With this statement, the president removed the position of the current chairman of the Security Council, who was former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. He resigned as president in 2019, but as chairman of the Security Council he retained his influence as well as certain privileges – such as the immunity that protected him from prosecution, AFP recalls.
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