In Kazakhstan, 5969 people were detained during protest actions, informs Kazakh edition Vlast.
According to Vlast, the largest number of arrests took place in the city of Almaty. By now, the “cleansing” of the regions from “terrorists”, as the representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs call the protesters, continues.
On January 7, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced that counter-terrorism operations in the country would be conducted “until the complete destruction of the militants.”
Meanwhile, as the newspaper writes, during the entire time of the protests in the country, 164 people were killed. Of these: 103 – in the city of Almaty, 21 – in Kyzylorda, 10 – in Zhambyl, 8 – in Almaty regions. It is completely unclear in which regions another 22 people died, who were not included in the regional statistics of the Ministry of Health.
Rallies in Kazakhstan, caused by a sharp increase in prices for liquefied gas, began on January 2 in Zhanaozen, later the city residents were supported in many other settlements, including Almaty. In clashes with protesters, the security forces used gas, stun grenades, and small arms.
On the morning of January 5, the country’s president, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, dismissed the government and headed the republic’s Security Council, removing the first head of state, Nursultan Nazarbayev. In addition, the President stressed that the authorities will act as tough as possible in relation to offenders. On the same day, a state of emergency was introduced in the country for two weeks.
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