Despite the fact that the government of Kazakhstan has resigned, protests continue in the republic. They began after the increase in prices for automobile gas and did not subside even after the concessions of gas stations and the authorities
In Alma-Ata, protests continued amid rising prices for liquefied gas, reported“; Interfax-Kazakhstan & raquo ;.
According to the agency, a group of several hundred people is moving along the road in the western part of the city. They went from Raiymbek Avenue to Tole Bi Street and turned towards the city center. Some of the protesters are holding sticks in their hands and shouting “ Forward, Kazakhstan! '' Sputnik Kazakhstan reported that protests are also taking place in the lower part of the city.
According to Orda.kz, protests continue in a number of other cities, including Zhanaozen and Semipalatinsk. In Zhanaozen, the protesters demanded a change of government, the holding of popular elections of akims, the return of the 1993 Constitution, as well as a refusal to prosecute civil activists. About 12 thousand people gathered in the central square of the city, they also demand the return of the mobile Internet.
In a number of regions of Kazakhstan, protests took place at night, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the republic reported. The rallies were accompanied by road closures; the department also reports cases of attacks on law enforcement officers. In Alma-Ata, Shymkent and Taraz, protesters attacked akimats & mdash; regional administrations, windows and doors were broken in buildings. In addition, the demonstrators threw stones, sticks and Molotov cocktails. 95 policemen were injured, more than 200 people were detained.
At the same time, in the city of Aktobe, the police refused to detain the protesters, the Orda.kz portal reported. Law enforcement officials said that “ they are with the people and will not raise their hand [against them]. ''
Against the backdrop of continuing unrest, the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, introduced a state of emergency in another region & mdash; Almaty region. Prior to this, the state of emergency was announced in the city itself, as well as in the Mangistau region.
Protests in Kazakhstan began after the rise in prices for motor gas. Since January 1, they have doubled, from 60 to 120 tenge, or from about 10 to 20 rubles. The rallies were held in Aktau, Zhanaozen, Alma-Ata, Nur-Sultan and a number of other cities.
Amid the unrest, the owners of gas stations, and then the authorities announced a reduction in gas prices, but the protests did not stop thereafter. Stun grenades were used against demonstrators in Alma-Atep, and special equipment was sent to the city.
The President of Kazakhstan blamed the incident on the government, which resigned on the morning of January 5. According to Tokayev, it has failed to contain inflation. Responsibility also lies with the Kazmunaigas companies. and Kazakhgaz, he noted.
The President also instructed for six months to introduce regulation of prices for gas, gasoline and diesel. Fuel prices in the regions for the population should not be higher than at the end of last year.
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