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Kazakhstan Protests Update: Kazakhstan Declares Nationwide State Of Emergency Amid Protests Putin Sends Troops To Help Curb Riots

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Highlights

  • The protests that started after the increased gas prices in Kazakhstan have now spread across the country.
  • After heavy violence in many parts of Kazakhstan, the President declared a state of emergency across the country.
  • Protesters have set several government buildings on fire and 8 security personnel are reported to have been killed

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The protests that started after the hike in gas prices in Kazakhstan have now spread across the country. After heavy violence and arson in many parts of Kazakhstan, President Kasem Zomart has declared a state of emergency across the country. Protesters have torched several government buildings and so far 8 security personnel are reported to have been killed. After the situation became very tense, Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed his peacekeeping troops there at the request of Kazakhstan last night.

In Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, protesters ransacked the homes of the president and the mayor and set it on fire. It is being told that the police also opened fire on some protesters before fleeing from Almaty. In the past few days, there have been several clashes between protesters and the police in Almaty. It is freezing cold in Kazakhstan, even after this the police showered water on the protesters.

So far 8 police officers, members of the National Guard have been killed
Kazakhstan’s Interior Ministry has said that eight police officers and members of the National Guard have been killed and at least 300 others have been injured in the violence. On the other hand, President Kasem Zomart has vowed that he will crush the unrest and has declared a state of emergency for two weeks across the country. The president last night appealed to the Russian security bloc to send its troops to quell the violence. The President termed this public demonstration as a terrorist threat.

Earlier, in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, the government had resigned after violent protests by the public, sparked by rising gas prices. Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, Kasem Zhomart, accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Askar Mamin. The President had said in his video message that it is completely illegal to call for an attack on the government and the army. The government will not fall but we want mutual trust and dialogue and not dispute.

Samailov Alikhan appointed as the country’s caretaker prime minister
In this oil-rich country, the government announced late on Tuesday that it was restoring LPG prices. Earlier, in a rare show of its kind on the New Year, protesters reached Almaty city after the hike in LPG prices. After these demonstrations, the government has resigned and the President has accepted this resignation under Article 70 of the Constitution. The financial capital of Kazakhstan is Almaty and the situation there became uncontrollable on Tuesday night. Following the resignation of Askar Mamin, the President has appointed Samailov Alikhan as the country’s caretaker prime minister. It has been said in this order that the members of the present government will continue to do their work till the new government is formed.

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