Alma-Ata riots: Protesters raid media offices, attack gun shops

Source : 112 Ukraine

Protesters are also attacking fire engines. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 37 cars of various services were damaged during the protests
16:00, 5 January 2022

In the city of Alma-Ata, where riots continue, protesters began attacking gun shops, the store owners report on social media.

One of the city's gun shops was closed on January 5. It was noted that security officers immediately left the building, noticing a crowd of protesters.

"At the moment there is an attack," said employees of the store on Instagram.

In addition, Sputnik Kazakhstan reports that the premises of TV channels in Alma-Ata were destroyed by protesters.

Offices in the buildings on the Republic Square were also seized. According to Sputnik, it's correspondent was detained by protesters in the city for about an hour.

The journalist was able to get out of the building seized by the protesters, the report said.

The city of Alma-Ata is engulfed in fire. In particular, fires occurred in the prosecutor's office and the city hall.

According to Radio Liberty, the office of the Nur Otan political party is also on fire. It can't be put out because firefighters can't get to the scene.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, 37 cars of various services were damaged during the protests.

"As a result of illegal actions, 95 law enforcement officers were injured. 37 official cars were damaged," the Interior Ministry said.

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.

After a couple days of antigovernment 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.

The Internet was turned off in Kazakhstan. In addition, the Kazakh TV channels stopped broadcasting.

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

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