For the first time since the beginning of the protests, the President of Kazakhstan Tokayev arrived in Alma-Ata. Residents of Alma-Ata noticed a large convoy of cars in the city, and helicopters appeared in the sky. The presidential administration of the country reported that it is about Tokayev's unannounced visit to the city
President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev arrived in Almaty. The city, which suffered the most from the January clashes, is the first visit by the head of state since the beginning of the political crisis. Information about his arrival was confirmed by the press service of the President of Kazakhstan, writes Tegrinews.
“ The President arrived in Almaty. He took part in a meeting of the operational headquarters in the city. There was also a meeting with the relatives and friends of the deceased police officers and servicemen. The President expressed his condolences and presented the awards & raquo;, & mdash; Tokayev's press secretary Berik Uali said.
According to the press secretary, Tokayev also visited the operational control center and visited the victims of the clashes.
The president's arrival in Alma-Ata his press service did not officially announce and confirmed only after frames with his cortege began to appear on social networks. Orda.kz published a video showing the arrival of a convoy of vehicles accompanied by a military armored car to the Rixos hotel. The publication also noted that helicopters appeared in the sky over the city.
Alma-Ata, the former capital and largest city of Kazakhstan (population of almost 2 million people. & mdash; RBK ), to the greatest extent suffered from clashes that began in Kazakhstan 4 & mdash; 5 January. In the city, the building of the National Security Committee and the airport were seized, the local administration and the presidential residence were burned. In the center of the city, clashes took place with the participation of military and armed demonstrators.
The Kazakh authorities described the incident as an attack by international terrorists. According to the version voiced by Tokayev at a meeting of the CSTO Council, the city has experienced several waves of attacks coming from three directions. In his address to the nation, he said that up to 20 thousand “ bandits '' participated in the attacks.
CSTO peacekeepers were brought into the city to stabilize the situation. The city has a curfew. For several days in Alma-Ata mobile communications and the Internet were absent.
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