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Situation in Kazakhstan: 1,237 rioters detained in Almaty; 1,428 ammunition seized

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Almaty airport has been prepared to open and will start operating after the situation in the city stabilizes
12:24, 11 January 2022

Reuters

Law enforcement officers arrested over 1,000 participants of mass riots in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty as KazTAG reported.

“1,237 participants in terrorist attacks, looting and other crimes detained," the report said.

As of January 10, law enforcement in Almaty had seized 31 firearms and 1,428 rounds of ammunition.

The law enforcers also reported about the clearing of sections of Auezovsky, Alatau, and Medeu districts, Oget neighbourhood, and the residential area adjacent to Almaty International Airport from "bandit groups".

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It is also planned to resume the operation of the Almaty airport as soon as the situation in the city stabilizes. The airport is technically ready for opening, the airport press service said.

In the morning, the Internet appeared in Nur-Sultan, Almaty, Kyzylorda, Pavlodar, Petropavlovsk, Taldykorgan and other cities of Kazakhstan as Sputnik Kazakhstan informed.

We remind that the airport of the Kazakh Almaty was closed indefinitely because of the protests in the country.

Related: Tokayev announces completion of CSTO peacekeeping mission in 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. 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.

Related: Kazakhstan elects new head of government

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. Already 2,500 military personnel from CSTO countries have arrived in Kazakhstan.

An anti-terrorist operation is under way, and authorities say they have all government facilities under control. President Tokayev has authorized the security forces to open fire on "criminals" without warning.

 

 

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