Riots in Kazakhstan 2022
The riots in Kazakhstan erupted on January 2, 2022, following a sudden sharp rise in gas prices, which, according to the Kazakh government, was caused by soaring demand and price agreements between suppliers. The protests began in the west of the country in Zhanaozen (ңаңаөзен) and quickly spread to other cities, including the largest Almaty. In violent protests, protesters expressed dissatisfaction with the government and former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. In response, President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev declared a state of emergency in the Mangystau region and Almaty with effect from 5 January. On the same day, the government of Askar Mamin resigned. The Collective Security Treaty Organization, which brings together Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, also responded to the unrest and agreed to deploy peacekeepers in Kazakhstan.
Sequence of events
Early on the morning of January 2, the citizens of Zanaozen blocked the streets in protest against the increase in natural gas prices. Demonstrators called on Akhmana Yogyev's Akima region and Maksata Ibagarov's akima to take measures to stabilize prices and prevent fuel shortages. Citizen Akanaozen Akim Galy Bajzanov met with the citizens, who advised the crowd of protesters to write to the city administration and remind them that their complaints had so far been ignored.
The Prosecutor General's Office announced that the bodies of 225 people killed in connection with the riots, including 19 members of the security forces, had been taken to the morgue. More than ten planes with Russian soldiers returned to Russia.
Czech Republic Czech Republic: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on all parties to end violence and respect human rights.
China China called the protests an "internal affair of the country."
Hungary Hungary: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán expressed solidarity with the President of Kazakhstan and offered to help him.
United Kingdom United Kingdom: British Secretary of State Liz Truss condemned "acts of violence and destruction of property in Almaty."
This article uses material from the English Wikipedia article 2022 Kazakh protests.
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