World Desk, Amar Ujala, Almaty
Posted by: Jeet Kumar
Updated Saturday, 08 January 2022 02:50 AM IS
Kazakh President Qasim-Jomar Toktawa has ordered the firing of his soldiers to quell a nationwide uprising.
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On Friday, security forces recaptured the streets of Almaty, the main city of Kazakhstan, from protesters. The violence continued a day after Russia sent peacekeepers to help Kazakhstan end the uprising, with people setting fire and damaging public buildings. The sound of gunfire was also heard.
Protesters looted the president’s residence and set the building on fire as they tried to seize the residence of the mayor of Almaty. Kazakhstan has been facing the worst protests since independence three decades ago. After seizing government buildings, the president referred to the protesters’ actions as terrorists.
Demonstration in the wake of rising oil prices
The Kazakh government announced on Tuesday evening the price of oil in the province of Mongkostov was 50 deng (Kazakh currency). The protests are due to rising gas prices in the Central Asian country. Meanwhile, the outcry increased to the extent of enforcing the emergency law in the country.
A two-week state of emergency has been declared in some parts of the country in view of the escalating violence. Violent mobs burn vehicles in Almaty, the country’s largest city. Following this, the police fired tear gas to control the angry crowd.
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