Protesters and police killed in riots in Kazakhstan: real-time update | Protest News

In the main cities of Almaty, demonstrations against the political system of the former Soviet republics became bloody.

There are already dozens of people Be killed As the protests in Kazakhstan continue, including citizens and police.

According to local authorities, an officer was found beheaded.

As Kazakhstan witnessed its worst street protests since its independence 30 years ago in 1991, the situation is grim.

Demonstrations in this huge former Soviet Union and Central Asian country started at the weekend in Zanauchen, a small town in the western part of Mangistau, which is rich in oil resources, but has since spread to all parts of the country.

Faced with growing dissent, Kazakh President Tokayev disbanded the government and declared the country into a two-week state of emergency. But the measures so far have failed to alleviate the turmoil.

Although intensified by rising fuel prices, the protests have turned into anti-government riots, intensifying dissatisfaction with former President Nazarbayev’s 30-year rule.

Police spokesman Saltanat Azirbek said on Thursday that demonstrators tried to attack the government building in Almaty, the country’s largest city, overnight, and “dozens of attackers were wiped out.” Similar scene Reported from Almaty on Wednesday.

Local officials said that another 12 law enforcement officers were killed in the conflict in Almaty.

Here are all the latest updates:

‘The authorities hit back severely’

Al Jazeera’s Robin Forestier-Walker reported from Georgia, the former Soviet Republic, saying that Kazakhstan’s “Internet restrictions” made it difficult to determine what happened there.

“But we were able to create a picture of the authorities’ fierce counterattack overnight. Until today, they regained control of Almaty’s city center… and regained control of the airport. It has been confirmed that the airport has been attacked by the protesters. Beyond yesterday,” Forestier-Walker said.

The Moscow-led coalition sends troops to Kazakhstan

A military alliance of the former Soviet Union states that it has sent paratroopers to Kazakhstan as part of an international peacekeeping force to quell the unrest.

President Tokayev of Kazakhstan called on the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)-the military alliances of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan-to accuse the well-trained foreign “terrorist” groups of making him Intervention after the violence in the country. protest.

“The peacekeeping force of the Collective Security Treaty Organization was sent to the Republic of Kazakhstan to stabilize and normalize the situation within a limited time,” Maria Zakharova, spokesperson for the Secretariat of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (Maria Zakharova) ) Said in a statement posted online.

Narrator: What is the reason behind the protests that shocked Kazakhstan?

The chaos in the strictly controlled former Soviet Republic of Kazakhstan was triggered by a sudden spike in automobile fuel prices at the beginning of the year.

But the roots of mass dissatisfaction were much deeper, and protesters vented their anger at the entire political system.

For an in-depth explanation of what really drives the demo, please click here.

Airlines canceled flights to Almaty

As the riots continued, Middle Eastern airlines flydubai and Arabian Airlines cancelled flights to Almaty.

A FlyDubai spokesperson said that due to “ground conditions,” the airline has cancelled two Dubai-Almaty return flights originally scheduled for Thursday, and the route has been suspended until at least January 8. However, it is due to operations.

According to the website of Air Arabia, the flight back to Sharjah-Almaty scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled.