Security officers on armored personnel carriers surround armed protesters in center of Almaty

Source : 112 Ukraine

The day before, footage began to be spread on social media, which recorded how weapons were allegedly distributed to participants in the riots in Kazakhstan
15:10, 6 January 2022


Security forces surrounded armed protesters on the Republic Square in Almaty, after which a firefight broke out, Sputnik Kazakhstan reports.

"About 50 units of equipment, including armored personnel carriers, armored vehicles and military trucks with the Armed Forces surrounded the area along the perimeter," the statement reads.

About 200 armed rioters, some with firearms, were surrounded. The correspondent of the news agency heard about 10 shots fired by non-security officers.

However, the Telegram channel NEXTA Live writes that security officers shot unarmed people with shields. The channel draws a retrospective parallel with the shooting of the "Heavenly Hundred" on Independence Square in Ukraine in 2014.

However, a day earlier footage began to spread on social media, it recorded how weapons are being distributed to the alleged participants in the riots in Kazakhstan, KazTAG informs.

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.

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.

After a couple days of antigovernment protests the Cabinet of Kazakhstan has filed a resignation letter, and President Kasym-Jomart Tokayev accepted it.

Later, a state of emergency was declared in Kazakhstan by the new Cabinet. At the same time, Tokayev called for military assistance from the CSTO member states.

The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which includes six post-Soviet states, has approved the deployment of troops into Kazakhstan, where mass protests accompanied by riots are currently taking place.

The situation in Kazakhstan was explained in detail HERE.

Related: Government of Kazakhstan decides to limit prices for fuel, food, communal services

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