In Kazakhstan, more than 200 people were detained during protests caused by an increase in fuel prices, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic reported. Meanwhile, the department emphasized that “in the cities of Almaty, Shymkent and Taraz, attempts were made to attack akimats,” and windows and doors were broken in the buildings.
How writes newspaper Vlast.kz, the protesters were accused of throwing stones and sticks, using gas and pepper spray, as well as Molotov cocktails, as a result of which, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, “inflicted bodily harm on 95 police officers and damaged 37 company cars ”.
“In order to ensure public safety, the police have taken measures provided by law to suppress violations of public order and detain violators. Pre-trial investigations have been launched into 13 cases of violence against government officials, hooliganism, and attacks on government buildings, ”the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry also added that “the internal affairs bodies are taking all the necessary measures to ensure the safety and tranquility of the population,” but eyewitnesses continue to send messages about the use of flash-noise grenades by security forces and columns of armored personnel carriers.