In the Kazakh city of Almaty, automatic fires are heard for several hours in a row, transfers BBC. Residents of the Almaty region in social networks and messengers talk about shootings with the use of automatic weapons. Sirens and evacuation announcements sound.
According to the deputy akim of the city Yerzhan Babakumarov, “with the aim of establishing order” an anti-terrorist special operation is being carried out in Almaty. Meanwhile, under her pretext, security forces were brought into the city, and in the distance of the streets, automatic fires and female screams continue to be heard.
Regardless of this, local authorities emphasized that “highly organized gangs are rampaging in Almaty,” whose attack “is an act of aggression and an attempt to undermine the integrity of the state”.
Also, the Sputnik agency, citing eyewitnesses, reports that at the moment new units of the security forces are being brought into the city.
Earlier, the Chairman of the CSTO Collective Security Council, Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, stated that the Council decided to send “peacekeeping forces” to Kazakhstan in response to the appeal of the President of the Republic, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, security “appropriate and timely.” According to him, “terrorist gangs” are taking control of large infrastructure facilities in the country.
For the fourth day in Kazakhstan, protests caused by a sharp rise in prices for liquefied gas have not abated. Today will be the fifth day of resistance to the current government. The rallies began on January 2 in Zhanaozen, later the residents of the city were supported in many other settlements. By the evening of January 4, protests, to which the majority of people come out with political demands, gripped most of the country.
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