During the unrest in Kazakhstan, eight police officers and soldiers of the National Guard were killed. Another 317 security officials were injured of varying severity. This was reported by Ria Novosti.
The agency also warned that acts of vandalism and looting were organized by provocateurs. According to the police, organized gangs operate in different districts of Almaty, destroying offices, shops and ATMs.
Now the capital of the republic is quiet. Rare cars drive through the streets, but no passers-by are seen. Sputnik Kazakhstan reported that in the House of Ministries in Nur-Sultan, they prepared to hold the defense if necessary. The driveways were forced with concrete blocks, the equipment was pulled together, police officers in combat gear were on duty in the aisles.
Meanwhile, the European Union called on all parties in Kazakhstan to avoid escalation and violence.
"We call on all concerned to act with responsibility and restraint and to refrain from actions that could lead to further escalation of violence. While recognising the right to peaceful demonstration, the European Union expects that they remain non-violent and avoid any incitement to violence," the statement reads.
The European Union also calls upon authorities to respect the fundamental right to peaceful protest and proportionality in the use of force when defending its legitimate security interests, and to uphold its international commitments.