While the violence continues in Kazakhstan, although its intensity eased on Friday, the European Commission warned that things could get worse in the country.
Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and French President Emmanuel Macron today called for an end to the violence that is engulfing the Central Asian country.
And von der Leyen from Paris added that “the rights and safety of citizens are essential to be guaranteed”. “I call for an end to violence and restraint,” he continued.
It also indicated the EU’s readiness to provide assistance where possible.
In turn Macron, that was in standing next to her in press conference, expressed its full approval for these invitations and statements.
“Violence is not the right answer”
At the same time, Germany called for a reduction in the escalation in Kazakhstan, where the president ordered the army to shoot to kill to quell protests.
“Violence was never the appropriate response,” German government spokeswoman Kristan Hoffmann said, adding that Berlin “calls on all parties to reduce the escalation and reach a peaceful solution to the situation.”
Open fire without warning
These European warnings came after Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced that he had ordered the security forces to open fire on “terrorists” without warning. He stressed that those he described as “terrorists” are still causing property damage and using weapons, stressing the need to eliminate them. “We will support those who do not give up,” he added.
Meanwhile, Russian forces have continued to pour into the country to support the security authorities, who in recent days have clashed with thousands of demonstrators, causing dozens of deaths and injuries on both sides.
Interestingly, the demonstrations that erupted on the second day of January were initially sparked by anger at rising fuel prices, but their reach quickly expanded to include opposition from former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. which still retains extensive powers in the former Soviet republic despite his resignation in 2019 after ruling the country for nearly three decades, as well as calling for the overthrow of the regime.
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