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"I will act harshly": President made statement amid riots in Kazakhstan

Source : 112 Ukraine

So, according to Tokayev, he takes over as Chairman of the Security Council, which was previously headed by Nursultan Nazarbayev
18:45, 5 January 2022

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
Reuters

President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev made an address amid massive protests in the country. The appeal is broadcast by local TV channels.

So, according to Tokayev, he takes over as Chairman of the Security Council, which was previously headed by Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The President said that "from today, the Chairman of the Security Council intends to act harshly."

Related: Internet shuts down all over Kazakhstan, local media down

Tokayev also noted that he was not going to leave the country. "Whatever it is, I will be in the capital," he said.

In addition, the head of state said that he was preparing a new "package of proposals" for the protesters.

Commenting on the riots, Tokayev said that during the confrontations in the country there are casualties among the security forces.

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.

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.

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

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