U.S. condemns violence in Kazakhstan

Source : 112 Ukraine

The White House urged the conflicting parties to restrain from any further acts of violence
16:14, 6 January 2022

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The U.S. have condemned the acts of violence in Kazakhstan, which occurred during the mass protests against the increased gas prices. Ned Price, the press secretary of Department of the State released the respective commentary.

"The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Kazakhstan as a valued partner. We condemn acts of violence and destruction of property and call for restraint on the part of authorities and protesters alike", Price said.

The official called on Kazakh citizens to respect the constitutional institutions, human rights and media freedom, and urged the government to restore Internet services in the country.

Related: Government of Kazakhstan decides to limit prices for fuel, food, communal services

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.

At least 30 people deceased in the street flights, and some 2,000 were detained.

Related: CSTO sends troops to Kazakhstan. Contingent includes Russian Airborne Forces units

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