Kazakhstan declares state of emergency in Nur-Sultan

Kazakhstan declares state of emergency in Nur-Sultan

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency in the capital city of Nur-Sultan on Wednesday, his office said, amid violent protests in several major cities that police struggled to disperse.

On January 2, crowds took to the streets in the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau in the Mangistau region, protesting against high fuel prices. Two days later, the protests engulfed Almaty, where the police used flashbangs to disperse the crowd, as well as other cities, including Atyrau, Aktobe, Uralsk, Taraz, Shymkent, Kyzylorda, Karaganda and even Kazakhstan’s capital Nur-Sultan.

The president imposed a two-week state of emergency and a curfew in the country’s largest city of Almaty and the southwestern Mangistau Province early on Wednesday. The head of the state also accepted the government’s resignation. Its members will continue to perform their tasks until a new cabinet is formed.

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