Local protests in Kazakhstan, which began due to an increase in gas prices, became nationwide on the third day. The President signed a decree on the resignation of the government
Last at 05:30 Moscow time:
- President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev accepted the resignation of the government. Alikhan Smailov was appointed Acting Prime Minister & mdash; First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic.
- The head of Almaty, Bakytzhan Sagintayev, said that the situation in the city was taken under control. “ Provocateurs and extremists are being detained. The instigators are identified & raquo;, & mdash; added by the mayor.
- On January 4, despite the authorities' promise to reduce gas prices in the Mangistau region, protests spread throughout Kazakhstan – & mdash; the actions were held in the capital Nur-Sultan, the largest city of the country Alma-Ata and in other cities & mdash; Karaganda, Uralsk, Taldykorgan, Kyzylorda, Shymkent. The demands of the protesters from socio-economic turned political: the resignation of the government. In some cities, crowds chanted “ Shal, ket '' (“ Grandfather, go away ''), referring to the former President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. At the same time, the protests do not have a clear leader.
- President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev appealed to the people with a request not to follow the calls of “ destructive persons interested in undermining the unity of society. '' “ I again appeal to you [with a request] to show prudence and not succumb to provocations from within and from without. & lt; … & gt; Power will not fall, but we do not need conflict, but mutual trust and dialogue, '', & mdash; he stated.
- In several large cities, including Almaty, protesters clashed with the security forces. Several police cars were set on fire and destroyed in the city. The protests did not stop at night. Kazakh security forces use flash bangs and tear gas. Shots are heard, presumably from rubber bullets.
- Due to the events in Alma-Ata at night, President Tokayev announced the introduction of a state of emergency in the Mangistau region and the city of Alma-Ata from January 5 for two weeks – & mdash; until January 19 (under the conditions of the regime, among other things, any mass gatherings are prohibited and a curfew is imposed). Special equipment has been pulled up in Alma-Ata.
- Internet failures are recorded throughout the country. Mobile Internet and What & # 39; s App, Telegram and Signal messengers do not work in Almaty. Operators Beeline and Kcell confirmed interruptions to mobile Internet for reasons beyond their control.
- The country's authorities also blocked media sites covering the protests, including KazTAG and Orda.kz.
What is the reason and what happened before
- The protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2 due to an increase in the price of automobile gas since the new year from 60 to 120 tenge (from 10 to 20 rubles) per liter. The first rallies were held in the Mangistau region in the west of the country in the cities of Zhanaozen and Aktau. The Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan explained that the increase in prices is associated with an increase in demand & mdash; gas consumption is growing every year, while production volumes remain at the level of previous years.
- At first, the owners of gas stations in this area decided to reduce prices. This did not knock protest sentiments.
- After the first protests, the government created a special commission to consider the situation in the Mangistau region. On January 4, she promised the protesters to fulfill their demand & mdash; to lower the price of fuel dr 50 tenge (8.67 rubles) per liter. But this did not help either.
- In the city of Aktau, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Energy came out to the protesters. They informed people about the decision on prices and promised that people who came out to the square would not be held accountable.
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