Kazakhstan unrest: Dozens killed in crackdown
Published: 08:24 PM, 6 January 2022 Updated: 08:26 PM, 6 January 2022
More than a dozen protesters have been killed in clashes with police in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan over rising fuel prices.
The security forces said the anti-government “mutineers” had been killed in an operation to restore law and order in the country’s largest city, Almaty.
A Kazakh police spokesman said “they had to take action” when protesters tried to take control of a police station in the city.
Earlier, at least 13 members of the security forces were killed during the protests. Two of them have been beheaded. Besides, more than 300 officers were injured.
The unrest began in the country in protest of the rising price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
Russia is sending troops at the request of the Kazakh President to control the situation. They will be deployed to stabilize the country. Kazakhstan is receiving this assistance as a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Other member states are Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.
Protests began last Sunday in protest of the LPG price hike. However, with the addition of other political concerns, the protests became more widespread.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has blamed a foreign-trained “terrorist ring” for the protests. He has imposed a state of emergency to control the situation, as well as a night curfew and a ban on large gatherings.
Protests continue in Kazakhstan despite casualties. Hundreds of protesters marched on Almaty’s main square on Thursday. However, many members of the security forces and armored vehicles were deployed there.