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Kazakhstan president says order ‘largely’ restored after days of lethal protests – Nationwide

Kazakhstan president says order ‘largely’ restored after days of lethal protests – Nationwide

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev mentioned on Friday that constitutional order had largely been restored within the Central Asian nation hit by unrest this week, his workplace quoted him as saying in an announcement.

The Kazakh inside ministry mentioned in a separate assertion that 26 “armed criminals” had been “liquidated” and greater than 3,000 of them detained, whereas 18 police and nationwide guard servicemen had been killed for the reason that begin of the protests.

“An anti-terrorist operation has been launched. The forces of legislation and order are working laborious. Constitutional order has largely been restored in all areas of the nation,” Tokayev mentioned.

“Native authorities are in charge of the state of affairs. However terrorists are nonetheless utilizing weapons and damaging the property of residents. Due to this fact, counter-terrorist actions must be continued till the militants are utterly eradicated,” he added.

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Russia on Thursday despatched in paratroopers to assist put down the countrywide rebellion in one in all Moscow’s closest former Soviet allies as a part of the Russia-led CSTO safety bloc.

On Friday morning, Reuters correspondents noticed armored private carriers and navy servicemen in the primary sq. of Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest metropolis, the place troopers fired at protesters a day earlier than.

Just a few hundred meters away, Reuters correspondents noticed a lifeless physique in a closely broken civilian automotive.

In one other a part of town they noticed a ransacked retailer which used to promote ammunition and navy autos and about 100 individuals in navy uniforms at one other sq. in Almaty.

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Kazakhstan protests: Violence erupts as Russian paratroopers introduced in to quell rebellion

Kazakhstan protests: Violence erupts as Russian paratroopers introduced in to quell rebellion

Tokayev will deal with the nation on Friday, his administration mentioned, asking individuals in Almaty to restrict their touring across the metropolis whereas the “seek for the remaining hiding bandits is underway.”

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The violence has been unprecedented in a state dominated firmly since Soviet occasions by chief Nursultan Nazarbayev, 81, who had held on to the reins regardless of stepping down three years in the past as president.

The rebellion, which started as protests towards a New 12 months’s Day gas value hike, swelled on Wednesday, when protesters chanting slogans towards Nazarbayev stormed and torched public buildings in Almaty and different cities. Protesters accused Nazarbayev’s household and allies of amassing huge wealth whereas the nation of 19 million remained poor.

Nazarbayev’s hand-picked successor, Tokayev, earlier this week blamed the unrest on foreign-trained terrorists.

(Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov, Tamara Vaal, Mariya Gordeyeva and Pavel Mikheyev; writing by Polina Devitt; modifying by Kim Coghill and Michael Perry)

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