Law enforcers are conducting an anti-terrorist special operation in Almaty in which they plan to return all administrative buildings to the city's control. The police have already reported dozens of casualties as Sputnik Kazakhstan reported.
The police said that during the night there were attempts to storm administrative buildings, the police department, as well as district offices, and police departments.
Dozens of attackers have been eliminated and they are being identified as police spokesperson Saltanat Azirbek said.
At the same time, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev gave several urgent instructions to the government:
- Create a special investigative team consisting of representatives of the General Prosecutor's Office, the Interior Ministry, the National Security Committee, and other competent structures to bring to criminal and administrative responsibility all those responsible for the unrest.
- Armed forces, the National Security Committee, Interior Ministry, National Guard and other security agencies to increase combat readiness and equipment of military personnel.
- To provide material support to the families of deceased police and military personnel.
- To establish a hotline to provide information to the public about the victims and the missing.
- Establish commissions to assess the amount of damage and begin the reconstruction of administrative buildings, social facilities and homes in Almaty and other regions.
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.
On January 5, a state of emergency was declared all over Kazakhstan amid massive fuel price protests.
Besides, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes six post-Soviet states, has approved the deployment of troops into Kazakhstan, where mass protests accompanied by riots are currently taking place.