AGI – The Kazakh government has announced a 180-day re-introduction of the price ceiling for petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas. The sharp rise in LPG prices sparked violent unrest in the former Soviet republic.
More than a thousand people were injured in the riots as they entered the third day of the struggle. These numbers are reported by the Ministry of Health. In detail, 400 injured people have been admitted to the hospital, 62 of whom are in intensive care. Instead, state television reported that 12 policemen had been killed, one of whom had been beheaded and 353 wounded.
A spokesman for the Almaty Police Department, Salnad Asirbek, said dozens of rioters involved in the riots in Almaty had been “destroyed” and their identities were being identified.
Tokaye’s appeal to Moscow: We are being attacked by terrorists
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has called on Moscow to intervene to quell protests organized by “terrorist groups”. “I urge the heads of state of the CSTO (Collective Security Treaty Organization) to help Kazakhstan thwart this terrorist threat,” he said in a televised address. According to Tokaye, the terrorist groups that organize the protests are “extensively trained abroad.”
The White House is crazy to think that America is behind the struggles
The allegations that the US is behind the ongoing riots in Kazakhstan are false. White House spokeswoman Jen Zaki said: “There are insane Russian claims that we are behind all this. I would like to take this opportunity to say that this is not true. This is one of the misinformation techniques used by Russia,” Psaki told a conference in Washington.
Moscow accuses: foreign armed groups among protesters
Foreign armed groups have been involved in violent clashes with law enforcement agencies in Kazakhstan. This was stated by the head of the Foreign Commission of the Federal Council, the Russian Upper House Konstantin Kozakov. “According to the latest information, the protesters in Kazakhstan are militants of armed groups operating in the vicinity and in the Middle East, mainly in Afghanistan,” Kozachev said.
The rioters attacked the offices of 5 television stations in Almaty
The rebels, described by Kazakh public television as “robbers,” attacked the headquarters of five television stations in Almaty. An employee of the broadcasting company was injured.
Police allegation: Demonstrators cut off the head of two officers
Two of the 13 guards killed in the riots in Kazakhstan were beheaded by protesters. Almaty’s Federal Police Command reports this to Rhea Novosti. The order underscores that “this proves the terrorist and extremist nature of criminal organizations.”
Tokayev orders security measures for foreign interests
Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has ordered measures to protect foreign embassies and institutions. This was reported by his media unit. “Emergency” measures also include the protection of structures owned by foreigners or linked to foreign investment.
Almaty, Aktau and Aktobe airports were closed
The Kazakh cities of Almaty, Akte and Aktobe airports have been closed following violent protests against expensive fuel passing through the country. The Almaty airport was destroyed by protesters who occupied it, an official said. Terminal and duty free areas were destroyed and looted. Security forces recovered the airport a few hours ago. Airport officials stopped all flights from Moscow to Almaty and Noor-Sultan.
China hopes for “quick stabilization”
The Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed hope that the situation in Kazakhstan would be “quickly stabilized”. “We hope the situation will improve and social order will be restored,” ministry spokesman Wang Wenpin told reporters, according to the Tass news agency.
The first Russian troops arrived and operations began
The first Russian troops sent to “stabilize” the country following the riots arrived in Kazakhstan. This was reported by the Joint Security Agreement (CSTO) of the six former Soviet republics headed by Moscow. The Russian military is being flown to Kazakhstan and has already begun ground operations. The CSTO states that its main task will be the protection of government buildings. The note explains that the operation is attended by workers from all coalition countries – except Russia and Kazakhstan – Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
“Great damage” to Almaty during the riots
The riots in Almaty caused “great damage” in the largest Kazakh city. This was announced by the country’s authorities who announced the launch of a counter-terrorism operation against security forces and the military this morning.