After days of bloody and violent protests in Kazakhstan and Russia’s dispatch of a number of its soldiers to assist the authorities, the country’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced, his office reported today, that the security forces have imposed the order. in most regions.
He also added that the country has mostly restored constitutional order after the turmoil that engulfed it.
While state television reported that Tokayev will speak to the nation later today.
3 thousand arrests
At the same time, the Interior Ministry announced the “liquidation” of 26 “armed criminals” and the arrest of more than 3,000, noting that 18 members of the police and National Guard have been killed since the protests began this week.
He also added that 216 members of the National Guard were injured during the riots in the city of Almaty and Shymkent, noting that they were all receiving treatment in hospitals and had sustained gunshot wounds, as well as injuries from militants. use of Molotov cocktails.
The ministry had warned in precedence that rioters who refuse to lay down their arms will be eliminated.
It also confirmed that all government buildings and police stations are under the control of the security forces.
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, even calling for the overthrow of the regime.
Nazarbayev, 81, is widely regarded as the main political force in the capital, Nur-Sultan, which bears his name.
Kazakhstan’s image as a politically stable country helped attract hundreds of billions of dollars under Nazarbayev in foreign investments in the oil and mining sectors.
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