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Kazakhstan says 164 killed in week of protests

Kazakhstan says 164 killed in week of protests

MOSCOW  — Kazakhstan’s well being ministry mentioned Sunday that 164 folks have been killed in protests which have rocked the nation over the previous week.

The figures reported on the state information channel Khabar-24 are a big improve from earlier tallies. It’s not clear if the report referred solely to civilians or if regulation enforcement deaths are included. Kazakh authorities mentioned earlier Sunday that 16 members of the police or nationwide guard had been killed. Authorities beforehand gave the civilian dying toll as 26.

Many of the deaths — 103 — have been in Almaty, the nation’s largest metropolis, the place demonstrators seized authorities buildings and set some afire, in response to the ministry. Kazakhstan’s ombudswoman for kids’s rights mentioned three of these killed have been minors, together with a 4-year-old woman.

The ministry earlier reported greater than 2,200 folks sought remedy for accidents from the protests, and the Inside Ministry mentioned about 1,300 safety officers have been injured.

The workplace of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev mentioned that about 5,800 folks have been detained by police throughout the protests that developed into violence final week and prompted a Russia-led army alliance to ship troops to the nation.

His workplace mentioned order has stabilized within the nation and that authorities regained management of administrative buildings that have been occupied by protesters. A number of the buildings have been set on hearth.

The Russian TV station Mir-24 mentioned sporadic gunfire was heard Sunday in Almaty, however it was unclear whether or not they have been warning pictures by regulation enforcement. Tokayev mentioned Friday he had approved police and the army to shoot to kill to revive order.

Almaty’s airport, which had been taken by protesters final week, remained closed however was anticipated to renew operations Monday.

Protests over a pointy rise in gas costs started within the nation’s west on Jan. 2 and unfold all through the nation, apparently reflecting wider discontent.

The identical social gathering has dominated Kazakhstan since independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Any figures aspiring to oppose the federal government have both been repressed, sidelined, or co-opted and monetary hardship is widespread regardless of Kazakhstan’s monumental reserves of oil, pure fuel, uranium and minerals.

Tokayev contends the demonstrations have been ignited by “terrorists” with overseas backing, though the protests have proven no apparent leaders or group. The assertion from his workplace on Sunday mentioned the detentions included “a large variety of overseas nationals,” however gave no particulars.

It was unclear what number of of these detained remained in custody on Sunday.

The overseas ministry in neighboring Kyrgyzstan on Sunday known as for the discharge of well-known Kyrgyz musician Vikram Ruzakhunov, who was proven in a video on Kazakh tv saying that he had flown to the nation to participate in protests and was promised $200. Within the video, apparently taken in police custody, Ruzakhunov’s face was bruised and he had a big minimize on his brow.

The previous head of Kazakhstan’s counterintelligence and anti-terrorism company has been arrested on expenses of tried authorities overthrow. The arrest of Karim Masimov, which was introduced Saturday, got here simply days after he was eliminated as head of the Nationwide Safety Committee by Tokayev.

No particulars got about what Masimov was alleged to have achieved that may represent an tried overthrow of the federal government. The Nationwide Safety Committee, a successor to the Soviet-era KGB, is liable for counterintelligence, the border guards service and anti-terrorist actions.

Because the unrest mounted, Kazakhstan’s ministerial cupboard resigned however remained of their posts quickly. Tokayev spokesman Brisk Uali mentioned the president would suggest a brand new cupboard on Tuesday.

At Tokayev’s request, the Collective Safety Treaty Group, a Russia-led army alliance of six former Soviet states, approved sending about 2,500 principally Russian troops to Kazakhstan as peacekeepers.

A number of the drive is guarding authorities services within the capital, Nur-Sultan, which “made it potential to launch a part of the forces of Kazakhstani regulation enforcement companies and redeploy them to Almaty to take part within the counterterrorist operation,” in response to a press release from Tokayev’s workplace.

In an indication that the demonstrations have been extra deeply rooted than simply over the gas worth rise, many demonstrators shouted “Outdated man out,” a reference to Nursultan Nazarbayev, who was president from Kazakhstan’s independence till he resigned in 2019 and anointed Tokayev as his successor.

Nazarbayev retained substantial energy as head of the Nationwide Safety Council. However Tokayev changed him as council head amid the unrest. probably aiming at a concession to mollify protesters. Nevertheless, Nazarbayev adviser Aido Ukibay mentioned Sunday that it was achieved at Nazarbayev’s initiative, in response to the Kazakh information company KazTag.

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