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EU urges people in Kazakhstan to avoid escalation and violence

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The European Union also calls upon authorities to respect the fundamental right to peaceful protest and proportionality in the use of force when defending its legitimate security interests, and to uphold its international commitments
21:20, 5 January 2022

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The European Union called on all parties in Kazakhstan to avoid escalation and violence. The corresponding statement was made by a representative of the Union's foreign policy service.

"We call on all concerned to act with responsibility and restraint and to refrain from actions that could lead to further escalation of violence. While recognising the right to peaceful demonstration, the European Union expects that they remain non-violent and avoid any incitement to violence," the statement reads.

The European Union also calls upon authorities to respect the fundamental right to peaceful protest and proportionality in the use of force when defending its legitimate security interests, and to uphold its international commitments.

Related: Protesters storm district department of internal affairs in Almaty; police use stun grenades

"In the framework of the European Union-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, we count on Kazakhstan to uphold its commitments, including freedom of the press and access to information online and offline," the statement says.

The European Union encourages a peaceful resolution of the situation.

Today, on January 5, in Almaty, the office of the Nur Otan party, which is located in the building of the Aisultan business center on Tole-bi Street, also caught fire. Firefighters could not get there as well.

It should be noted that the protesters seized and blocked the movement of fire and police vehicles. The protesters also destroyed two ambulances.

At the same time, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made a statement against the background of mass protests in the country. He said that he was assuming the post of Chairman of the Security Council, which had previously been chaired by Nursultan Nazarbayev, and "intends to act tough”.

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. Kazakh TV channels suspended broadcasting.

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.

Related: Ukrainians urged to refrain from traveling to Kazakhstan

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