Thus, the state of emergency in the capital began at 16:00 local time and will last until January 19, 2022. There will also be a curfew in the city from 23:00 to 7:00.
"To create a commandant's office of the city of Nur-Sultan for the period of the state of emergency and to endow it with the powers provided by the law of the Republic of Kazakhstan 'On the state of emergency'," the text of the document reads.
According to the document, the authorities plan to introduce the following measures in the capital during the state of emergency:
- to strengthen the protection of public order, the protection of particularly important state and strategic facilities, as well as facilities that ensure the livelihood of the population and the functioning of transport;
- impose restrictions on freedom of movement, including vehicles, in the city of Nur-Sultan;
- to ensure the verification of identity documents of individuals, personal inspection, inspection of things that are with them, vehicles;
- to restrict entry into and exit from the city of Nur-Sultan;
- to prohibit the organization and holding of peaceful assemblies, entertainment, sports and other mass events;
- prohibit strikes and other means of stopping or terminating the activities of legal entities;
- to prohibit the sale of weapons, ammunition, explosives, special means, poisonous substances, to establish a special regime for the circulation of drugs, narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, precursors, ethyl alcohol, alcohol;
- to ensure temporary seizure of weapons and ammunition, poisonous substances from individuals, temporary seizure of legal entities, including weapons, ammunition and poisonous substances, as well as military and training military equipment, explosives and radioactive substances.
This is the fourth Kazakhstan region where a state of emergency has been declared. Currently, the state of emergency operates in Almaty, Mangistau and Almaty regions.
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.