Demonstrations in Kazakhstan. Security forces open fire on demonstrators

As Kazakhstan’s largest city is experiencing unprecedented protests, Reuters News Agency reported on Thursday that soldiers are shooting at protesters. in a main square in Almaty, the largest city in the country.

More gunshots were heard in Almaty this evening and the sound of gunshots came from the management of the mayor’s office, which was stormed by protesters on Wednesday.

For its part, Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry announced that 18 security men were killed, 748 were injured during clashes in the country and 2,298 protesters were arrested.

Police said they killed dozens of rioters in Almaty and the health ministry reported 1,000 protesters were injured.

In turn, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, which includes units of the Russian armed forces and the republics of Belarus, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, has announced the dispatch of maintenance forces of the pace, after an appeal to the Kazakh president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, to help him quell the violence that has engulfed one of the largest cities in the country, costing the lives of dozens of civilians, security men and demonstrators.

trying to calm down

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev tried to calm public anger by sacking his predecessor Nazarbayev from the post of head of the National Security Council on Wednesday and assuming his responsibilities.

He also appointed a new head of the State Security Committee and fired a relative of Nazarbayev from the second highest position on the committee.

The Tokayev government has also submitted its resignation, but all these measures have failed to calm the road. Protests continued and demonstrators took control of an airport in Almaty and all flights to and from the city were canceled.

Anger at the increase in the price of fuel

Interestingly, the demonstrations were initially sparked by anger over rising fuel prices, but their scope quickly expanded, including opposition from former President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who still retains extensive powers in the former republic. Soviet, despite his resignation in 2019 after ruling the country for nearly three contracts.

Nazarbayev, 81, is widely regarded as the main political force in the capital, Nur-Sultan, which bears his name.

His family is also believed to control much of the country’s economy, the largest in Central Asia. However, the man did not appear in public nor has he made any statements since the protests began.

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