500 civilians were beaten, including women and the elderly as a result of the unrest in Almaty as Tengrinews reported citing head of the Almaty Police Department and commandant of the city, Kanat Taimerdenov.
"In the city, despite the introduction of the state of emergency and curfew, extremist groups became active on the night of January 5. As a result, 500 civilians were beaten, including 130 women and the elderly," the commandant says.
It is noted that protesters burned 120 cars, including 33 ambulances and fire trucks. 120 stores and commercial facilities, 180 catering establishments, and about 100 offices were affected.
Residents are urged to stay at home, not to give in to panic and provocations, and to be guided by information from official sources. For violation of the requirements of the state of emergency, there is responsibility in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
In the beginning of 2022 protests erupted in Kazakhstan after the increase in the price of liquefied gas. Demonstrators announced an indefinite action. Demands to reduce the price of gas have grown into calls for the resignation of the president and government. The Internet has been shut down in the country, law enforcement agencies seized military equipment, make arrests.
After a couple of days of anti-government protests, the Cabinet of Kazakhstan has filed a resignation letter, and President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev accepted it.
However, despite the resignation of the government, on January 5, protests in Kazakhstan intensified. In the city of Almaty, during the riots, protesters stormed the administration building (akimat). Chaos reigns in the streets of Almaty. Dozens of cars were burned and shops smashed during the demonstrations in the city.