News media in Kazakhstan reported that demonstrators protesting against rising fuel prices broke into the mayor’s office in the country’s largest city and saw flames emerging from the inside.
MOSCOW – According to local news reports, demonstrators protesting against rising fuel prices broke into the mayor’s office in Kazakhstan’s largest city on Wednesday and saw flames emerging from it.
According to the Kazakh news website Zakon, many of the demonstrators gathered in the Almaty building were holding sticks and shields.
Protests against the sharp rise in LNG prices began in the western part of the country this week.
As the protests spread to Almaty and Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan, the government resigned. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency in Almaty, imposed a curfew and restricted access to the city.
Earlier this year, as the government ended its shift in price controls, the price of gasoline used to power many vehicles roughly doubled.