Dozens of protesters were killed by police and more than a thousand were injured Kazakhstan, Officials pointed out this Thursday, the same day Russia And his allies sent troops to deal with the violent unrest in the country.
The Anger, Began Sunday in provincial areas due to rising gas prices, Spread to the largest city in the country, Almaty, Which turned into a riot, where protesters stormed government buildings and, in short, the airport, increasing looting.
Faced with chaos, neighboring Russia and its allies in the system Joint Security Agreement (CSTO) announced Thursday Sending the first contingent of the “Joint Peace Keeping Force” to Kazakhstan, At the request of the dictatorial government of this Central Asian country.
Shown images spread through media and social websites In Almaty, the economic capital of the country, shops were looted and some administrative buildings were attacked and set on fire.
Central Bank spokesman, Oljassa Ramasanova, Announced the suspension of the operations of all financial institutions in the country where the Internet does not work.
Almaty Airports, Cities Octop Y Oct. And from the capital, நர்சுல்தான், Did not operate on Thursday after flights were canceled the previous day.
As a result of the confusion, The price of uranium in Kazakhstan, one of the world’s leading producers, has risen sharply., The prices of national companies fell on the London Stock Exchange.
Seeking is a center Bitcoin mine, which is facing a sharp decline.
The Kazakh president on Thursday introduced emergency measures “Ensuring the work of public services, transport and infrastructure”, Strengthen the productivity of the security forces and restore the work of the banks.
Exports of certain food items were also banned to stabilize prices.
Tokayev Said Wednesday “Extensive training abroad” “Terrorist gang” They led the struggles.
“Gangs of criminals beat and humiliate our soldiers, drag them naked in the streets, attack women and rob shops.”He said in a televised speech.
In the last nights The police on the crowd threw the smoke bombs, Though Some administration buildings could not be prevented from entering.
According to witnesses in the media and on social networks, the protesters They went to places including the town hall and the presidential residence in Almaty and set it on fire. Five television stations were looted.
It is not possible to get a complete picture of the situation in the country on Thursday. Journalists and witnesses could not be reached for comment on the Internet or by telephone, and both were cut off.
The anger of the protesters is especially directed at the former president Narsultan Nazarbayev, 81, ruled the country from 1989 to 2019 and maintained great influence. He is considered the current president’s mentor Tokayev.
Kazakhstan, The largest of the five former Soviet republics in Central Asia and the largest economy in the region, Russia has a large Russian minority and is of significant economic and geopolitical importance to Russia.
Moscow on Wednesday called for a negotiated settlement of the crisis “No more street riots and violations of the law”.
The United States and the European Union need “control” from all sides.
(With information from The Washington Post and AFP)