"In connection with the introduction of the state of emergency in Almaty city, Almaty and Mangistau regions from January 5 to January 19, 2022, we recommend refraining from traveling to Kazakhstan, and citizens staying in Kazakhstan to refrain from visiting crowded places during the emergency state in the country," the message reads.
It should be noted that a state of emergency was declared in the capital of Kazakhstan Nur-Sultan due to protests that engulfed the country.
This is the fourth Kazakhstan region where a state of emergency has been declared.
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.