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Protesters seize airport of Almaty

Source : 112 Ukraine

There are no military personnel at the airport now. The airport staff has independently evacuated passengers
17:56, 5 January 2022

Orda

Protesters have seized the Almaty International Airport in Kazakhstan as Orda.kz reported.

"They reached the airport. According to preliminary data, about 45 invaders are now at the airport. As they entered, our employees left the airport. There were no passengers in the terminal at the time of the seizure. We quickly evacuated the passengers in advance. We took them out through 11 gates. That is when the plane arrived," the report states.

It is noted that now there are no military personnel at the airport, the employees evacuated passengers on their own. All flights have been cancelled.

Related: 500 people, including women, elderly, beaten as result of unrest in Almaty

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.

Related: Nazarbayev's monument being demolished in Kazakhstan

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.

 

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