Former counter-terrorism chief arrested for protests in Kazakhstan

After the president blamed foreign-backed terrorists for the violent protests, the former head of Kazakhstan’s counterintelligence and counterterrorism agency was arrested for attempting to overthrow the government

Moscow – After the president blamed foreign-backed terrorists for the violent protests, the former head of Kazakhstan’s counterintelligence and counterterrorism agency was arrested for attempting to overthrow the government.

The arrest of Karim Masimov was announced on Saturday by the National Security Council led by Kasimov, until this week he was removed from office by President Kassim-Zomaart Tokayev.

Authorities said that security forces killed 26 demonstrators and 18 law enforcement officers in the riots this week. The Ministry of the Interior said on Saturday that more than 4,400 people have been arrested.

The protests in the Central Asian countries are the most widespread since the independence of Kazakhstan from the Soviet Union in 1991.

The riots started in the westernmost part of the country, protesting the sharp rise in the price of liquefied petroleum gas, which is widely used as vehicle fuel, and spread to the country’s largest city, Almaty, where demonstrators occupied and burned down government buildings.

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