The Ministry of Interior of Kazakhstan stated that eight policemen were killed in the riots caused by rising fuel prices.
Kazakhstan President Kassim-Jomart Tokayev said that after failing to calm down, he has sought help from the Russian-led security group Day of protest In the former Soviet Union, national buildings were burned down and eight security personnel reported deaths.
Central Asian countries have Shocked by the protest Since the beginning of the year, due to the increase in fuel prices during the New Year, protesters clashed with the police and stormed into government buildings on Wednesday.
Tokayev said on state television earlier on Thursday: “Today, I call on the head of state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to assist Kazakhstan in overcoming this terrorist threat.”
“In fact, this is no longer a threat,” he added. “It is destroying the integrity of the country.”
Moscow leads the collective security treaty organization security alliance, which includes five other former Soviet Union countries.
Tokayev, who had imposed a state of emergency across the country earlier, said that terrorist organizations — he said they “received extensive training abroad” — are “running rampage” across the country.
“They are seizing buildings and infrastructure, and most importantly, they are seizing the premises where small arms are located,” he said, adding that they also seized five planes at the airport in the country’s largest city, Almaty.
“There is currently a battle with the Air Force of the Ministry of Defense near Almaty, a tenacious battle,” Tokayev claimed.
The deputy mayor later said that the airport had cleared the protesters and was working normally.
The Ministry of Interior of Kazakhstan stated that 8 policemen and members of the National Guard were killed in the riots and more than 300 people were injured. No figures for civilian casualties were released.
According to news reports, on Wednesday, protesters in Almaty stormed the presidential residence and the mayor’s office and set fire to them.
According to reports, the police opened fire on some protesters at their homes in Almaty before fleeing. In recent days, they have repeatedly clashed with demonstrators, deploying water cannons and firing tear gas and shock grenades in cold weather.
Tokayev promised to take Severe measures In order to quell the riots and declare a two-week state of emergency across the country, the declared states of emergency in the capitals, Nur-Sultan and Almaty, have been expanded, curfews have been imposed and access to the city and surrounding areas restricted.
The government resigned due to the unrest on Wednesday. Later that day, news sites in Kazakhstan were unavailable. Global regulator Netblocks stated that the country was experiencing widespread Internet power outages, but the Russian news agency TASS reported that Internet access in Almaty had been restored earlier on Thursday. .
Although the protests began when the price of a type of liquefied petroleum gas, which is widely used as a fuel for automobiles, nearly doubled, its scale and rapid spread show that they reflect the wider dissatisfaction of the country that has been ruled by the same party ever since. Independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world. It borders Russia to the north and China to the east. It has abundant oil reserves, making it strategic and economically important.
Despite these reserves and mineral resources, there is still strong dissatisfaction with poor living conditions in certain areas of the country. Many Kazakhs are also annoyed by the dominance of the ruling party, which holds more than 80% of the seats in parliament.