“Dozens” of Kazakhstan protesters have been killed in violent clashes with the police forces on Wednesday night as protestors tried to seize administrative buildings in Kazakhstan, according to the police statement.
“Last night, extremist forces tried to storm administrative buildings, the Almaty city police department, as well as local departments and police stations,” police spokesman Saltanat Azirbek said to local news agencies.
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The police used heavy-handed strategies in an attempt to quash the protests. With police using live rounds, stun grenades, tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in the southeastern city on Tuesday night despite the president ordering a curfew.
Azirbek said an “anti-terrorist” operation was underway in one of the districts of Almaty, the economic capital of the Central Asian country, where the riots were most violent.
More than 100 Kazakhstan protesters injured
More than 1,000 people have also been injured in the protests, the health ministry said on state television.
“Nearly 400 of them were hospitalised and 62 people are in intensive care,” deputy minister Ajar Guiniat told Khabar-24 television, as quoted by the Interfax and TASS agencies.
Twelve law enforcement officers have also been killed with 353 other injured.
The announcements come after the arrival in the country of peacekeeping troops from a Russian-led military alliance following a request from the country’s president as anti-government protests continued.
Whats happening in Kazakhstan?
So what’s happening in Kazakhstan? Since January 2nd 2022 demonstrations across Kazakhstan started triggered by a price hike in gas. Civil unrest has been bubbling for many years, and the final straw was the near-doubling of gas prices, and the Kazakhstan protesters took to the streets in huge numbers.
In the former Soviet nation, thousands took to the streets within hours of the announcement. But have since grown to include other grievances including poor living conditions and an undersupply of resources.
Footage on social media showed cars set ablaze and police deploying tear gas as crowds swarmed the city centre and tried to storm some government buildings. In a UK exclusive – WTX News first reported the classes on social media.
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Global media reports suggest the lack of democracy in the country has come to a boiling point after 30 years under the rule of the same party since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on Wednesday from a live broadcast from Nur Sultan demanded help from Russia and its allies to quell the unrest of the past several days which he claimed was supported by “foreign terrorists”.