Protests in Kazakhstan are gaining momentum in the cities of Almaty and Aktobe, protesters are storming the administration buildings. Video of the storming is published in Telegram-channels.
Several thousand protesters are taking part in the storming of the city hall in Almaty. Near the facade of the building - a fire, explosions of light and noise grenades can be heard.
At the same time, social media report that the protesters broke through the police border and broke into the building of the Almaty City Hall.
At the same time, in Aktobe, security forces were able to drive a crowd of protesters away from the administration building. However, people continue to try to break into the city hall.
It is worth noting that now the streets of Almaty are in chaos. Dozens of cars were burned and shops smashed during the demonstrations in the city. City officials are still unable to provide information on the damage.
The movement of public transport in Almaty is stopped, many grocery stores in the city center are closed.
Authorities say Almaty has "an ongoing operation to maintain law and order and combat extremism." City residents are asked not to leave the house.
The public health department said that as a result of the clashes, 40 people were hospitalized, seven victims were in intensive care, four of them were police officers. Among all the victims were 137 police officers and 53 civilians.
As it was reported, 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.
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced a state of emergency in Mangistau region and the city of Almaty.On January 5, the head of state promised to consider and take into account the demands of the protesters. They are known to demand lower gas prices and the resignation of the government.
It later became known that the Cabinet of Kazakhstan has filed a resignation letter, and President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev accepted it.